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The Gospel Messenger 



•SET FOR THEDIIFEXSE OF TJU: BOSPML.«-PUI. ,.■ 



Vol. 36. 



Mount Morbis, III., Jan. 1, 181)8. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

Published Weekly, at J1.50 per Annum, by 

BRETHREN PUBLISHING HOUSE, 

Mount Morris, Illinois. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 







3s of Our P 








'Department io 



EDITORIAL.- 

The Uncx, 

Evening 
■ Querists 
POETRY.- 

To the New Year. By Dinah Maria Moloch Cr; 

A New Year's Song. By Clinton Scollard, . . , 

Song for the New Year. By Adaline Hohl Beer j 
ESSAY DEPARTMENT,— 

The Second Beatitude. ByT. T, Myers 

Christianity in Chicago. By J. S.Flory 

e Way to India.-No. 5. By S, N. McCant: 



We Need Nol 
Retrc 



By S. : 






Liu, 



e Colh-i 



By > 



Manchester College and the Bible Sc: 
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,— 

Lesson Light-Flashes 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 



Liin 



ol Chr 



1. i.,V. 



THE YOUNG PEOPLE,— 

When the Sunday Schools Hibcrna 
The Brooklyn Mission. By Alice J 
How the Children Kept the Bible, 

-What Will YonD. ■: 

I"- OSNERAI MISSIONARY AKD 



ncy D. Underhil], . 



how to gather in the fish, with which to supply the 
market, and make a living for their families. But 
when the call of the Master came, they forsook 
their nets and boats, and from henceforth became 
the successful fishers of men, 






yG.j.: 



What Five Little Girls Did. 
Report of Washington Mission.'.". " 
HOME AND FAMILY,- 

A Happy Morning. By J. S. Flory, . 
-Col. 3: ia. 



It is difficult for those who travel west of the Mis- 
souri, and behold the prosperous sections of coun- 
try, the great cities that dot the plains and line the 
Pacific Slope, to understand how thinking men, sev- 
enty or more years ago, could have placed such a 
low estimate on the Great West. Not twenty years 
ago one of the finest thinkers in the Brotherhood, 
sent for publication an article, in which he main- 
tained that the Lord never intended the greater 
part of Kansas for civilized man, but that it was for 
the Indians and the buffaloes. Years before that, 
probably in 1825, the sifted Senator Benton, of Mis- 
souri, in a speech in Congress, said, " The ridge of 
the Rocky Mountains may be named as a conveni- 
ent, natural, and everlasting boundaiy. Along this 
ridge the limits of the republic should be drawn, 
and the statue of the fabled god Termmis should 
be erected on iis highest peak, never to be thrown 
down/' The great Webster said: " What do we want 
with the vast, worthless area, this region of savages 
and wild beasts, of deserts v and shifting sands and 
whirlwind of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To 
what use could we ever hope to put these great des- 
erts and endless mountain ranges? " A short time 
bjc-e tM F -- - •*:- :>;..-.: r^JClrs >>,*»■* hv W*6» 

nan,',?, Poi"? Senator McDuii,-, uf^outh" Carolina 
na speech concerning Oregon, remarked 



No. 1. 

his scientific pursuits, made the memorable reply: 
" I have no time to make money." It would be 
straining the point to draw from their examples the 
conclusion that no inventor should reap pecuniary 
profit from the child of his brain, but, at least, it is 
refreshing to see, in these days of Klondike fever 
and universal lust of gain, that there are some who 
have^attained heights where they can calmly look 
down upon the cheap glory of mere wealth. The 
making of money can never be in itself anything 
but a business that smacks of ignobleness; 

Years ago there was a silvermine on a small is- 
land, on the north shore of Lake Superior, that 
produced, in fourteen years, silver, valued at S3 500,- 
000. A city of some size had grown up, and the 
place was noted for its wealth and activity. Hun- 
dreds of workmen were employed, and much valu- 
able machinery in active operation, but now the 
mine is filled with water, the machinery ruined, and 
only one person living in the forsaken town. Ev- 
erything seems in a state of desolation, where busi- 
ness once thrived and wealth abounded. All this 
was caused by one man taking too much Ifquor. 
The sad story is thus tofej. A Lake Superior • 
steamboat captain took sevgtal drinlfatoo many, 
While he was enjoying his intoxication, his boat 
was tied up. When he recovered from i; 



was frozen in the i 
silver mine in Am 



The managers of the richest 
i waited patently (: 



e Lirtd, 



^EDITORIAL t MISCELLANY S 

Water farming, by which is meant the raising of 
fish, oysters, etc., is destined to become an impor- 
tant industry in this country. Heretofore, howev- 
er, our oceans, lakes and rivers have been but poor- 
ly developed for this purpose, but more attention is 
to be given to this method of supplying the increas- 
ing millions with the best of food for the human 
body. The Governor of Florida has issued a call 
for a National Fishery Congress, to meet at Tarn 
pa, this month, to discuss fish raising, and make 
public the best methods of conducting the business, 
as well as the most profitable fish to handle. Since 
then the national government has invited the differ- 
ent governments to take part in the Congress, and 
it now seems that the meeting is going to be one of 



the boat had on boa 

mi.;s^-sideor;h:|S'ob:t"doI he ' 



t fuel, and 



Rocky Mountains •-». «»i^WubV„-^ 

tains wholly unpayable _ except through gaps, thrown ou, Tf employment 



How are you going to apply sieam in such a case? 
Have you made an estimate of the cost of a rail- 
road to the Columbia? The wealth of the Indies 
would be insufficient. I would not give a pinch of 
snuff for the whole territory. I only wish the 
Rocky Mountains were an impassable barrier." AH 
this is amusing to the reader of ordinary intelli- 
gence. And could these distinguished senators 
come from their graves, and take a run in a palace 
car over the prosperous regions of the Northwest | 
then down the Pacific Slope into the charming or- 
ange groves of Southern California, it would be a 
question with them, whether or not to believe their 
own eyes. One thing certain, they would be pro- 
foundly ashamed of every speech they ever made 
in regard to the worthlessness and the discouraging 
prospects of the Great West. 



It is reported that Prof. Elmer Gates, who lives 

near Washington, D. C, has invented an instrument 

; — of wonderful scientific value. It is stated that hv 

the most important fishery conventions ever held, | it he claims to be able ,0 magnify an object Three 

neters, which would place hii 
id the prest 
beyond the naked eye, But while this | 



, - village was depopu- 
lated, and a scene of life, activity, and industry was 
turned ,nto a desolate group of decaying houses 
and rusting machinery. For thirteen years the 
water has stood in the shafts, the levels and the 
winzes of the mine, and all because a boat's cap- 
tain would take too much drink. 

The ChrhlUn Herald picks up this curious piee 
jof information: "A conjecture full of interest to 
scientists, has been hazarded as to the aerolite 
which fell near Binghamton, N. Y., on Nov. 13 
The celestial visitor was a round ball, about two 
feet in circumference, composed of a sandy sub- 
stance, which, on being analyzed, proved to be iron 
copper and nickel, fused to a white heat. Its fall was 
accompanied by a blinding flash of light, and it 
struck the earth with such force that it was buried 
five feet deep in the soil. It was dug up by Prof 
J. McDonald, and, after being cooled in water, was 
broken open. Imbedded in the hard mass was a 
triangular piece of metal, covered with strange 
arks resembling Egyptian hieroglyphs. The ! 



b^ate"d' £££££ Z ^rnting S~r a P,a " h ' S f r " ti0n I g " ti0n iS ™ d ' * * ="««- P'^sor vii .he! 
in this country are wonderful. Our country abound! I ?J" K ^ ™!° P ^! *L™i°: I ™*™ ™*° b / ™"F °" — other p>a„et 



try abound: 

in lakes, bays, and rivers, that might be stocked 
with fish and be made the means of producing an 
immense amount of food. The Government has 
twenty-five hatcheries, located in different parts of 
country, from which persons, prepared to go into 
the business of fish raising, may be supplied. A 
letter, addressed to the Fish Commissioner, Wash- 
ington, D. C, will reach the proper person for in- 
formation along this line. While considering this 
subject, we are reminded of the early history of the 
apostles. Some of them were engaged in the fish- 
ing business on the Lake of Galilee, which then 



. bably Mars, and were intended as a me 
scientific stride is remarkable, there is something the inhabitants of the earth, or at least 
else connected with Prof. Gates that ' 
preacher, still more noteworthy; and that is, that he 
refuses to patent his device, preferring to allow it to 
be used freely by investigators. He could un- 
doubtedly make a great deal of money from a pat- 
ent, but he seems to regard some other things as of 
more value than money. Benjamin Franklin re- 
fused to patent a valuable invention on the ground 
thai, as we are indebted to the discoveries of others 
the advantages of civilized life, we should 



to the tion to them that there are intelligent beings on 
k - other worlds. He thinks it probable that as these 
beings have greater scientific knowledge than our- 
selves, they may have learned how to fiing a pro- 
jectile into space, and, on the same mathematical 
principles by which a billiard player strikes a ball at 
a tangent, may have used one of the satellites, which 
revolve around the planet, to give a ricochet direc- 
tion to the missile so as to reach the earth. The 
markings on the metal inclosed in the mass are sure 



gratuitously accord to them the benefit of our own to be scrutinized with the utmost int^r,. 
„„.„. ,„ w , aoouncea <n tne tinny tribes. These 1 ideas. Agassiz, when offered a large sum for a first if they were done bv intTll.W h I 

apostles had made the business a study, and knew I course of lectures, that would have interfered with 'then to decipher them.'' V * BS ' 



well as now, abounded in the finny tribes. These I ide 



TITE GOSPEL MESSSNGKER/. 



Jan. I, 



-^ESSAYS' 



r the land, 



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TO THE NEW YEAR. 

A friend stands at the door; 

In either tight-closed hand, 
Hiding rich gilts, three hundred ! 

Waiting to strew them daily o'e 
Even as seed the sower. 
Each d'ops he, treads it in, and passes b) ; 
It cannot be made fruitful till it die. 
Oh, New Year, teach us faith! 

The road oflife is hard; 
When our feet bleed, and scourgirg winds 

Point thou to Him whose visage was more marred 
Than any man's; who saith, 

•• Make straight paths 'or your feet," ar.d to the oppressed, 
" Come ye to me, and I will give you rest." 
Comfort our souls with love — 

Live of all human liud; 
Love special, close, in which like sheltered dove. 

Each weary heart its own safe nest may find; 
And love that turns above 
Adoringly; contented to resign 
All loves, if need be, for the love divine. 
Friend! come thou like a fri'nd; 

And whether bright thy face, 
Or dim with clouds we can not compr:hend, 

We'll hold our patient bands, each in his place, 
And trast thee to the end, 
Knowing thou leadest onward to those spheres 
Where tbeic arc neither days, nor months, nor years, 

— Dinah Maria MitlocA Craik. 



„_ mourners are comforter! with a sweet peace 
and a cons ience void oi offense toward God. 
Theirs is the living hope in Chrit Jesus and the 
blessed assurance by and through him. 

God comforts his people by showing them better 
things to come. Oh, how often our hearts are lifted 
up by looking to him who doelh alt things well! 
Beyond our tears we see better light, better life. 
The divine comforts continue sweetly, preciously in 
ettrnily. 

Philade'{hia, Fa. 



THE SECOND BEATITUDE. 



BY T, T. KYERS. 



; they that 



for they shall b; cemtond.' 



"Blessed 
—Matt. 5:4. 

Chbisi, no doubt, saw many and various kinds of 
mourning. N jt all win his praise and invite his 
blessing. The habitual mourner is not blessed. In 

c_:t.c crcMtu avuKlwc i&iai eiutomajy , %S. tie ti°M» 

of some misfortune or death in the home, to hire 
those who make mourning on such occasions a busi- 
ness. Habitual and hired mourners are not blessed, 
because theirs is only a dead, formal, outward man- 
ifestation, without having the heart touched There 
is sometimes a pretense of feeling,— a pretended 
sympathy, which is hypocritical and entirely with- 
out a promise of blessing. An outward manifesta- 
tion, different from the real, inward feeling, is un- 
natural and deceptive. 

Many mourn for temporal losses without a bless- 
ing. They mourn because they have been reduced 
in wealth. It is right to mourn for our losses, if we 
can do so unselfishly, A good brother said to me, 
" I am always sorry to lose anything, — not for the 
sake of the money, or self-gratification, but for the 
sake of the good I might do with the money." 
We have another instance of extremely selfish 

mourning in the case of Ahab, when he wanted to 

buy Naboth's vineyard. Learning that he could 

not get it, he returned to his home and "laid him 

down upon h : s bed, and turned away his face, and 

would eat no bread." He surely was not blessed. 

Another kind of mourning, without a blessing, is | n ' n « young women by trine 

found in the case of Pharaoh, who regretted and 

mourned that he had let Israel go. He mourned 

for the good he had done, There may be those 

who are sorry for having done a favor or a kindness | feelings to be able, at the usual hour of 

to some one. Such a corow can come only from a 

selfish, wicked heart, and is entirely without a bless- 
ing. 



The mourning that is blessed is genuine, heart- 
felt, spontaneous, free, like that of Peter, — a godly 
sorrow that worketh repentance. It is a sorrow for 
sin rather than suffering. David was willing to suf- 
fer but he mourned greatly for his sin. It is a sor- 
row, too, for the sins of others. The Psalmist ex- 
claims, " Rivers of waters run down mine eyes be- 
cause they keep not thy law." It is a sorrow of 
real sympathy, such as Jesus manifested at the 
grave of Lazarus. The mourning, then, that is 
blessed, is sincere, for the sins of self and of others, 
— a mourning that worketh a genuine repentance 
and begets zeal for God. 



CHRISTIANITY IN CHICAGO. 

BY ] S FLORY. 

f We think it sometimes profitable for the minis- 
ter to view, somewhat, the borders and doings of 
spiritual Babylon, as well as spiritual Zion. Bro. 
Brindle and the writer set out, last Lord's Day, to 
see what progress popular Christianity, so called, 
was making in these closing days of the nineteenth 
century. Soon afler entering one of those col 
churchhouses of the city, the great organ begi 
roll out its voluminous peals of machine music. The 
air-pumping machinery of this organ is run by elec- 
tricity. The electric lights were fully on in in the 
dazzling auditorium, 'or be it known there is more 
datkntss prevalent in Chicago than light. Before 
the preacher commenced his discourse he said he 
would baptize some infants, and the only reference 
to Scripture was the promise to Abraham and 
the baptism of the jailer's household, where, he said, 
in all frobability, there were in'ants. He might, 
with the same propriety, have added, in order to 
make it more impressive, that twins or triplets are 
frequently found in families. Had he read that 
verse where it is strongly hintel at that all were be- 
lievers, it might have brought to the mind some 
doubts as regards the baby question. 

Well, six infants were presented, and, to all ap- 
pearances, about, - - much d-mpness was applied t.Q 
each little ivtiocd.. ..ead, as is usually us cu ... ^.ek- 
ing a postage stamp to a letter. The sermon, from 
the son of the much noted DeWitt Talmage, was 
dramatic, we presume,— uo to the full standard of 
pulpit oratory and pulpit elocution. As it costs 
85,000 a year to run the church, we suppose he is 
considered a success. The most attractive feature 
of the preacher, to the eye, were the flickerings of 
light from his diamond ring,— costing in all prob- 
ability, five hundred dollars. What a contrast to 
such a hand, raised in prayer, and that of the spark- 
ling tears of Jesus, that flowed over his blessed vis- 
age as he wept over Jerusalem! Ohl the sadness 
that comes to the heart when we behold such hol- 
low mockery and such desecration of the holy min- 
istry ! 

In the alternoon we spent over three hours in 
Dowey's tabernacle, "Zion." What a scathing and 
terrible rebuke he did give the " hog! " It was the 
day set for him to put in his protest against the us- 
ing of swine's flesh. He said cancers originated 
with those who use pork atid is entirely confined 
that class of people. After datk he baptized 
on, laying them 
backward on his arm and giving them three immer- 
apid succession. 

quite a pleasing contrast to our devotional 
ght serv- 
es, to meet with those of like precious faith at the 
Brethren's church in the city. More than ever we 
were impressed with the importance of maintaining 
our non-worldly principles of worship, and stick 
close to the simplicity of the Gospel in all our 
living, 

Chicago, III. 



ON THE WAY TO INDIA.-No. 5- 



It may seem presumptuous to write a letter with 
the above headings when only passing in sight of 
these places, but it is not so much what we see or 



expect to see, as the historical association that the 
places suggest, or shall suggest, that we will make 
the theme of our letters. 

As we look upon the above places they bring be- 
fore us afresh Paul's voyage as a prisoner and his 
work prior to his second imprisonment and death. 
It was here, at Crete, that Paul foretold the coming 
storm, Acts 57:10, but the Centurion and captain 
did not believe him. 

At Clauda they would have been glad to have lis- 
tened to Paul, but it was too late; they were in the 
storm and now they had to make the best of their 
mistake, Acts 27: 16-21. 

How much this is like the unheeded warnings 
and the sad consequences that follow in many lives 
to-day! The young man refuses to hear the teach- 
ing of parents, until it is too late. The sinner re- 
fuses to hear God until life's opportunities are all 
thrown away. Then he seeks to bring the bare 
wreck of hit life to Christ. This is ungrateful and 
exceedingly dangerous. Why not hear Christ nowT 
What we could see of the little Island of Clauda, 
was a bare heap of rocks. The shore of Crete, for 
the most part, presents a barren and rocky appear- 
ance. Some of the mountains are covered with 
snow, We could see an occasional group of dwell- 
ings, some few fields and one town which we think 
was Lasea. Acts 27:8. 

We passed down close to Nicopolis but not in 
sight of it. This was the place where Paul intend- 
ed to winter. Titus 3:12. The very fact that he 
intended to winter at this place shows that he was a 
free man when he wrote this letter to Titus. Paul 
likely came up to Nicopolis in the fall of 6i, but 
was arrested and hurried on to Rome as a malefac- 
tor, 2 Tim. 2; 9. Being placed in chains, all forsook 
him, being ashamed and, perhaps, afraid of his 
chains. 2 Tim. 1: 15-17. 

When Onesiphorus visited Rome he hunted Paul 
up, not being ashamed to visit him in prison. We 
see that Paul spent the winter here, sendinp- soecial 
words to Timo,thy iolT.ing his cloak, the books anu 
parchments, 2 Tim. 4: '3, to him from Troas. 

We find Paul at Crete and Clauda in 60 A. D. on 
his way to Rome as a prisoner. Paul had much 
liberty during his three years' prison life, both on 
the way to Rime and while there. Acts 27: 3; 
23: 30. We find no place or time for Paul's first let- 
ter to Timothy and his letter to Titus, unless he be- 
came free after this first imprisonment. 

Paul likely fulfilled his long-cherished des're to 
visit Spain (Rom. 15: 23-25) in 64 and 65, stoppirg 
at Crete on his return (Titus 1:5) Passing onto 
Asia Minor, he stopped at Miletus (2 Tim 4: 2 ■), 
for he sayF, " Trophimus I left at Miletus sick " and 
at Ephesus (1 Tim. 1: 3), " I exhorted thee to tarty 
at Ephesus when I was going into Macedonia." 

As he returns to Europe he stops at Troas and 
leaves his cloak and books. 2 Tim. 4: 13. He left 
Erastus at Corinth, 2 Tim. 4: io, from where he 
probably wrote First Timothy and Titus, intending 
to go up to Nicopolis for the winter, but God ruled 
otherwise and he was sent on to Rime, where he 
was martyred, writing Second Timothy while a 
prisoner here. 

Paul quotes from one of the Cretan prophets, who 
says, " The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle 
gluttons," saying, "This testimony is true." Titus 
was left in charge of the churches on this island 
and he was expected to set things in order, and or- 
dain elders in every city. Titus 1: 5. 

We are made to think how easily churches get 
out of order even yet, where they have no shephe'd, 
no elder, to help them. If Paul could trust Titus 
to get things in order among such a people as the 
Cretans, and then ordain elders in each of their cit- 
ies, should we not take courage, even though there 
be some disorder among our churches? Should we 
not learn a lesson from his work here, and organize 
our work by ordaining elders, by making some one 
responsible for the work, that it may not grow dis- 
orderly nor die? 

Many little fields in the home land need just such 
treatment as Paul perscribed for Crete I am sure 
we can find no field where the future looked darker 
than this field, as left to Titus, Let us take cour»gel 




THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Nov i; we reached Port Said, where we expect 
to break our journey for a little visit to Palestine 
All are well at this writi ng . The trip has beer, a 
pleasant one. Bro. Forney and wife will not stop 
off. r 



WE NEED NOT BE ASHAMED. 

BY P. B. PITZWATER. 

By virtue of the treaty of Paris, in 1783, England 
conceded our sovereignty, and our forefathers came 
in possession of a boundless territory, possessed of 
infinite resources. Will they stand together and 
utilize and develop the resources at command? 
Even the invincible determination of Washington is 
vascillating when he says, "We are one to-day and 
thirteen to-morrow." They do stand together and, 
as a result of their labors, we see to-day the super- 
structure of a nation, the grandest on earth. 

The same was true of the Brethren church a few 
years ago. Infinite resources were at our command, 
but will we stand united and utilize them?— was the 
question. Much of this world's goods was being 
hoarded up, making its possessor more miserly, and 
causing him to forget his fellow-man and God. 
Thousands of our young men and women of strong 
physical and mental powers, were whiling their 
time away, having no place to work in the Master's 
cause, as there were no Sunday schools and prayer 
meetings among us then, and too often a young 
man was not thought lit for the ministry till he had 
served the best years of his life in the office of 
deacon, 

Through the unremitting toil and self-sacrifice of 
our Brethren, some of whom have gone to their re- 
ward, our schools were founded, out of which have 
come many consecrated young men and women, 
prepared to push the work of the Sunday school! 
prayer meeting, and even to enter the mission field. 
Mighty as the influence is already, upon (he church! 
it is yet but in its infancy. Years hence, when our 
present working force wilLJiaye reached. the jJujytjVc- 
tent.<-.< ii.««?i.- -e t, o*^„ y t he mighty army of 
workers now entering, and soon to enter, only by 
the aid of the Holy Ghost can we measure the 
power of our people. Rapidly the mission senti- 
ment is growing among our people. Silently it is 
forging the chain which shall bind us together -a 
people having a common interest. It will become 
a nucleus around which all our interests will gather 
I believe the time is coming, and pray God that 
it may not be many years hence, when all the im- 
portant work of our Conferences-District and An- 
nual-will be to provide means and devise measures 
for vigorously prosecuting the mission work, instead 
of sending committees to adjust difficulties Ohi 
sad day for the church (what will the judgment be?) 
when the time, talent, and means of the church must 
be expended in adjusting difficulties in churches 
instead of using it for the spreading of the Gospel! 
We ought to be the greatest missionary people on 
earth, because, as Bro. Beahm has suggested, we 
have been from the outset laying the foundation 
principles of missionary work Every member, 
kno king for admission into the Brethren church, 
has had Matt 18: 10-22, which contains the very 
germ, and is filled to overflowing with the mission- 
ary spirit, read to him. Our old brethren did wiser 
than they knew when they adopted that as the life- 
rule of all church members. 

- Just as our forefathers did wiser than Ihey knew 
when they inserted that clause in the Constitution of 
the United States, granting us religious liberty, lit- 
tle did they think that God was raising up a people 
(the Brethren) who would be shielded from mili- 
tary service by virtue of privileges granted them 
by the Constitution. While our old brethren were 
insisting upon that being our life-rule, they were un- 
consciously laying the foundation for the greatest 
missionary people the world has known since the 
days of the Apostles. Ma.vel notl The hand of 
God has been in it all. 

If every member of the church will but consider 
her evolution, he will not hesitate to take an uncom- 
promising stand for her principles. The time has 



x when we must not approach the mission work 
with timidity. I dare say that some of our failures 
are traceable to the fact that we began it trembling. 
Tistrue we should tremble at our own weakness, 
but when we launch out on the promises cf God, we 
shou.d do it with confidence. There is nothing that 
delights the devil more than to see us approach an 
enterprise which has the promise of God behind it 
trembling. Having tested the old shipofZ.on these 

cnZ "'"I''' US ' aUnCh ° Ut in!o the d «P ™"> 
confidence, knowing that she will outride the fiercest 
waves of opposition. 

I believe that when the problem of successful city 
m.ssion work is solved by our people, it will be 
found that we must not depend wholly i„ beginning 
on the outskirts with the lowest class of people but 
we must boldly enter the best part of the city and 
convince the people that we have something good 
enough tor the best of them. When I approach a 
man of high standing. I do not fear that ir.y portion 
is not tenable, but that I may not be able to defend 
the Truth in a creditable manner, owing to lack ol 
preparation. So, when we wish to do successful 
work, we must fit ourselves for it. Hence we must 
not expect to do successful work by calling a man 
from the farm and putting him to doing city mission 
work. I believe that many a promising field has 
been rendered hopeless by an injudicious act of this 
Wnd. Oh, that our workers would better qialifv 
themselves! 
My dear young brother or sister, seeing the mighty 
ossibilities looming up before us in the grand cause 
^e have espoused, let us not allow our ardor to 
abate because some one says we are behind the 
times. People only say that we are behind the 
times, because they are ignorant. We are so far in 
advance of the times that their lust and pridc- 
mmed vision prevents them Irom seeing the point. 
History attests the truth of this statement. About 
one year ago the greatest nations of earth were on 
the verge of being united by the International Arbi 
tration Treaty. It was r" ; " 'C" l i the Spnate h„< t a „J 1 
nji^.-V^^ ,«a.rs.hejjic^<-nate, b yi^^Vj^H 'k^'i'iuj.v ! 1 
its principles lie deeply imbedot'o-in tn- h»ar r. £ 1 ^^^r^"^^^'""' "fST^Vviiile the grSricif*' ~ 
all civilized people, to, at no distant day SDr ° l^Tjl""" nth " nt " Uet <"r' '^ is th e out- 
forth with renewed strength, and become the unf L t ,• aPPCarS to me 3S '" we are '" » Po.ition to 
versa, mode of rt^i« m «^7^\^ , ^™°>>- Wbese times of steady 
Nearly two centuries before the Brethren chu ch much In n„ r ' , "j da " g " ° f ttustit >S <°° 
taught that arbitration is the way to settle all , Z^ T f^" 1 ' This we must ««* do, 
putes. Thirty-five years ago thai ? i mm P ' r ' or t ever thaV" h,m ,r h ° g ' V£S " U hd P' —mbering 

■nation went forth from the Executive M nsion y Tp on h "° n ™ £ l?lT 'T 
which 3,oo 3 000 slaves were made free A M „ ,1 ■ ■ t "°" gl " ra of these 'el- 

and a-half before, the Brethren w « ",? tTrTfaT ^TT: ^"^ °" r ° Mook ^" 

d^rcCoY in be E° r i RO d ber h *?» "^^C " « * "~~ '" * " 
day school in England, the Brethren had Sunday 

schools in America. The first Bible to be printed 

in America was printed by the Brethren. Even 

with that perplexing dress question, sensible people 

have respected us. The Brethren church is safe 

Our people need to do some solid thinking, and a 

great deal of consistent living. Let us thank God 

and take courage ' 

Sheldon, Iowa, 



have not lived up to our ability in our life's work. 
But do we see only omissions, or have we thought 
impurely, spoken unkindly, and acted unwisely? 
Have we committed presumptuous sins along the 
journey ? All these things are for us to look into, and 
to straighten out. This is a time to look into our 
hearts as God looks into them, 

Our journey should have been ascending. True 
we speak of our lives as coming down from the 
things which are high, in the estimation of men to 
those which are humble. But, by coming down,' we 
go up. We ascend to a higher Christian life to a 
higher seat, to the throne of God. But there is also 
an outlook. We can not see into the future. We 
anticipate it according to the rules of the past. We 
recall the difficult places and remember that it was 
always harder to come up than to slip back. This 
being true of this year, we may reasonably expect it 
to be true of the next. Rest assured you will have 
difficulties and temptations. The new year will not 
be a bed of roses. We should not reasonably ex- 
pect this, knowing the trials of Christianity, but >e- 
member the words, "My strength is sufficient for 
you, 

In our retrospect and outlook, let us guard lest 
we forget the "now." The ever active, living prcs- 
ent is the all-important time for us to consider 
This is the time in which we act, the time to prepare 
for next year's retrospect. Let the outlook be what 
it will. Let the future do her best or her worst, we 
may at least improve the opportunities that come. 
We should not, as in the adage, " cross the bridge 
before the bridge is reached," lest we despoil to day 
with vain repinings and lose the valuable p Ie sent. 

As a Christian Fraternity, what in our retrospect? 
Souls have come to Christ, the doctrines have been 
preached, churches have been multiplied, mis- 
sionaries have been placed, and, 1 trust, as a people, 
we have attained to a closer walk with God. But 
have we no shortcomings? I fear, in places, the 
church has made a league with the people ol the 



WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES EVERY TEACHER 
A TEACHER ? 

BY JENNIE E. C. BAKER. 



RETROSPECT AND OUTLOOK. 

BY S S, BL0UGH, 

New Year's Day is again at our very door. Al- 
though it is often considered adayofimportance.it 
is no more nor less so than any other day. It is neith- 
er a beginning nor an end of time, but represents 
'he present. Yet, like every other day, New Year's 
Day is a good time for a retrospect and an outlook. 
As we stand upos this threshold of another year! 
it becomes all to stop for a moment and look back' 
We should make this a time for selfexamination- 
a time for squaring up our accounts with our God. 
Standing on the dividing line between the old and 
the new, one can look back and see the track of his 
toilsome way,— here ascending, there descending, 
yet, if we have done the best we knew, progress has 
been made. Now is the time to correct, as far as 
possible, the mistakes this re-examination brings to 



To every individual are given gifs.-talents To 
some is given the gift of prophecy; to othe.s, the 
gift of language, and as there are divers gi« s ,„ 
each one receives his special gift, that fits him for 
one work rather than another, 

In the highest sense, teachers, like " poets are 
born and not made." That is, to some are given 
qualifications that fit them more especially for 
teachers. These powers are, personal magnetism 
tact, loveableness. There are men.-and' women 
too,-who draw and hold our attention before thev 
utter a word, those are the ones who are our power- 
ful teachers, preachers, and lecturers. 

To wield the greatest good as a teacher, we must 
have tact. We must know when to speak and 
when to keep silence, what to say, and how to say 
it, for words fitly spoken are like apples of gold 
in pictures of silver." s 

Above all else, we must be loveable. Our person- 
al appearance, manners, and our ways in general 
must be attractive and not repellant to our pupils ' 
I shall now speak of the more important acquired 



Sok^hereagZd^;,^^ 

unuttered, there an opportunity unimproved* USLfi^*^^;^^ 



rffiB GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 



Jan. I, iS 



irhate 



r. If such 
for Christ 
we want at 



possess no natural qualifications 

be the case, and we want to do all we c; 

(and who that is a Christian does not?) 

oace to fit ourselves for thitoffiie. To do this, we 

must already possess, or at once begin to acquire, 

three things: first, and above allo'hers, a knowledge 

of Chris- ; second, a knowledge of God's Word; third, 

a knowledge of human nature, and more especially 

a knowledge of our pupils, their dispositions, their 

inclinations, their surroundings. 

"What!" 1 hear some one say, "Do you think 
there is any one in our church who does not have a 
knowledge of Christ?" If you think ail do, ask a 
class of cur youncer members some of the simple 
facts of Christ's life, ai nairated in the Gospel?, and 
you will be surprised to learn how little they do 
know; and yet our denomination is considered a Bi- 
ble-reading people among the other Christian de- 
nominations. Right hetel would like to say a word 
about the more general reading of God's Word. 
Mrs. Margaret Bottome, in The Ladiii Hmie 
Journal, says, "I receive letters almost every day 
from professing Christians, askinghow they may be- 
come more interested in God's Word." Is it not a 
shame that those, who rr.tend to love God, do not 
love to read His Word? It is not a knowledge of 
Christ's life, while here among men, that I refer to 
however, when I speak of a knowledge of Christ be- 
ing necessary to the teacher; but a spiritual knowl- 
edge that comes to all who abide in Christ, which 
abiding is so beautifully described in John 15: 1-9. 
This knowledge of Christ is shown fotth in our walk, 
and talk, and every-day life. 

What would we Ihink of young men or young 
women, presenting themselves as applicants for po- 
sitions in the public schools, without any knowledge 
of the different branches to be taught; or, if they 
knew anything about them, would only be ab'e tore- 
cite by rote, without explaining anything? God's 
Word is infinitely more important than anything 
taught in our public schools, In 2 Tim. 3: 16, 17, 
Pi ill Sells us, "All scripture is given by inspiration 
""0! G^cC and"is~proTtableS';"f "t*S™ne7 lor reproof,' 
for coirettion, for instruction in righteousness; that 
the man of God may be pcr.'ect, furnished unto all 
good works." How many of us, in taking up our 
Sunday School lessons for study take a thought as 
tn why the words found in the lesson were written? 
We should know not only this, but also similar les- 
sons, found in the Old or New Testament, and where. 
The Bible is an inexhaustible well of riches whose 
d'pthswemay never hope to sound, but in the words 
of the 1-arned apostle we should "study to show 
oirst'.v's approved unto God, workmen that need rot 
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 

As to how much knowledge we should have of oth- 
er books, outside of the Bible, there are differences 
of opinion; but, without doubt, we want first a thor- 
ough knowledge of the Scripture; then there are 
many books that throw light on the Scriptures. 
They will be found profitable readirg, but are of 
secondary importance. 

We must know human nature, if we wish to be 
successful teachers. It is not the recluse who 
is most successful in Sunday school work or 
in Christian work of any kind. We often see our 
most successful business men conducting large Sun- 
day schools and mission schools with great success, 
The knowledge they gain of human nature in their 
business relations enables them to draw and hold 
large crowds in their religious work. If Christ had 
wanted his followers to withdraw from contact with 
their fellow meD, he would have set them the ex- 
ample; instead he went about doing good. If we 
are so situated that we cannot gain a knowledge of 
human nature by direct contact with our fellow b 
ings, we must gain knowledge from books; and we 
mint take time to study our pupils. We cannot hope 
to win solIs to Christ (which is the ultimate aim of 
all true teaching) by going into our Sunday schools 
with our minds stored with facts concerning the les- 
son, but without knowledge of the needs of the class, 
and pour it all cut, hoping to reach and touch some 
one. We may, but more likely we will not We 
must know the needs of each individual member of 
pur class, and, in studying the lesson, get from it, if 



possible, some truth, adapted to the needs of each 
one. If we are able to fjain the love and confidence 
of our pupils, we can get this knowledge without vis- 
iting them at their homes. Indeed, we can get a 
better knowledge, oftentimes, of their wants when 
we do not have the time to visit them Parents do 
not always understand their children, and what is a 
vague longing on the part of the child for something 
purer and better is construed to mean discontent 
and surliness. • 

Happy, indeed, should you be, if you can so gain 
the confidence of your pupils that, if they are from 
home, as they frequently are, in towns and cities, 
they will come to you as they would to a father 
or mother, to get advice concerning little social 
matters. Thosethirgsare the verythings for which 
we can find answers in the Blessed Book, for, thank 
God, ours is a practical religion and nothing is too 
little for God's help. 

And now, summing all up, we have the perfect 
man, the perfect woman as the ideal Sunday school 
teacher. Are there any such? The ideal always 
precedes the real. Hear what Christ says: "Be ye 
therefore perfect even as your Father, which is in 
heaven, is perfect." 

Holding ever before us the ideal teacher, preach- 
er, and in" all things Perfect Man, Christ Jesus, we 
may hope for all things; for with Christ all things 
are possible. 

If nature, in our first birth, denied us personal 
magnetism, tact, lovableness, we may have all thos 



things given 



our spiritual birth, for what is 



lovable than a pure life? What draws more th 
a life of self forgetfulness, and who exercises more 
tact than the man who prefers others rather than 
himself? 

How shall we gsin the requisite knowledge of 
Christ, Gods Word, and suffering humanity? By 
work, incessant toil, and prayer. It is the faith and 
works. Prayer is the faith, labor is the works; the 
effects are sure to follow. And yet, "Tis not I, but 
Christ who wosketh in me." 



MINiSIERiAL MEETING. 



The Brethren of Eastern Pennsylvania seem to 
have had a very interesting Ministerial Meeting, 
held at Ephrata, the last week in November. The 
Rfporter, of that city, publishes a very readable syn 
opsis of the meeting. We have space for only a few 
racts from some of the speeches delivered. — Ed. 



PREPARATION FOR PREACHING. 

S. R. Zug.— The apostle, in 1 Cor. 12, says: " There 
are diversities of gifts," and at the close he says: 
" Covet the best gifts." Covetousness is a sin, but 
here it is lawlul. I understand the apostle to mean 
that all members should qualify themselves for any 
position in the church. The time of inspiration, as 
far as origination is concerned, is past, according to 
my judgment. The Spirit presents what we have 
learned already, " Study to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 12: 15. 
The minister must study, and then a leaf of a tree 
may give him inspiration. Study everything that is 
in harmony with the Bible. Before preaching, the 
minister should be alone, to be emptied of every- 
thing except the Gospel. 

G. N, Falkenstein — I believethepreachershould 
bring inspiration intolhe pulpit. We must study 
the needs of the congregation. We may preach a 
few sermons to edification, as visiting ministers, with- 
out study, but to preach for years to the same con- 
gregation, to edification we must study. We must 
feel lifted up in the inspiration of God. 

John Herr — When our preaching is a failure, in 
the majority of cases the fault is with the minister, 
because he does not study. Besides study, there is 
one other thing that is highly important, and that is 
prayer. 

J.T. Mvers. — Some one has said," Poets are born." 
We can say some preachers are born, whilst others 
are made. I be'ieve in Holy Spirit preachers, but 
no one is a Holy Spirit preacher unless he studies. 



I have studied over two years over a text before I 
preached on it. The more we study and the more 
we pray, the more the Spirit of God will come into 
our hearts. 

TELLING QUALITIES OF A SERMON. 

J. T. Mvers— By qualities is meant that which we 
can see, feel and handle. It is that which we wish 
to talk about— that which is the most effectual. 2 
m. 4: 2 gives it: " Preach the Word." Since truth 
from God, nothing can take its place. Hence the 
ore truth in a sermon the more telling. What is 
wanted to make preaching effectual or telling is the 
truth in it. It is not the noise. As an illustration, 
a brother said to me, " It was the best sermon I ever 
heard in my life." " Why, what made it so good?" 
I asked. " O, it was so loud." A sermon should 
not be louder than is necessary to be understood. 
Bro. Umstead was a bom preacher, and Bro. 
Price was a mzde preacher. Brother Price one time 
made much noise, when Brother Umstead got hold 
of his coat-tail, tugged him a little and said: "Broth- 
er Price, if thee has nothing to say, thee would better^, 
sit down." A sermon must be earnest. Feople must 
feel that you feel what you say. As an illustration: 
An educated man used to go to church with pen- 
cil and tablet and take notes of the grammatical 
errors of preachers who wanted to show off. This 
he did to show them their folly. I had an old 
grandfather who was no educated man, and when the 
aforesaid critic heard him preach, instead of taking 
notes of the mistakes, he would drop his tablet and 
wipe the tears from his eyes. The reason was the 
hearty earnestness in the preaching, A telling ser- 
mon must come from the heart. John Wesley once 
said, "Give me thirty preachers full of faith, and I 
will conq ler the world." 

HOW TO WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST. 

G, N. Falkenstein.— According to the number of 
workers in each field, and the number of souls won, 
the work is a failure. There is something wrong 
somewhere. How shall we not do to win souls to 
_£hjist is a great q lestion, but the subject is, " How 
to win, etc." All things must" be~ subordinate) to 
Christ. Sometimes the minister is too prominent. 
When that is the case the winning of souls is retard- 
ed. When the Lord Jesus Christ is properly pre- 
sented, he is attractive. He is pure, noble, etc. If 
you bring a man to the point where he thinks he 
has no friend he is past hope and looks for consola- 
tion to suicide, but if he learns to see that he has a 
Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, who can make a saint 
out of a sinner, it is soul winning to him. 

D. S nader — One of the best ways to win souls to 
Christ is to live Christ. I was more drawn to Christ 
by the right living of the old brethren than by the 
best preaching I ever heard. It is not a proper way to 
win souls by trying to please the people; please the 
itching ear. Christ said, "The world cannot hate 
you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that 
the works thereof are evil." John 7: 7. We can win 
souls by teaching our children. "Bring them up in 
the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 6: 
4. When Paul and Silas sang praises to the Lord, 
when in jail, by their joy in suffering they won souls 
to Christ. 

A PERIOD OF MINISTERS' EXPERIENCE. 

(Under this head ministers are requested to relate only 

such experience as they had in their ministry that may be 

instructive, edifying and encouraging to their co-laborers, and 

through them to the church). 

J. T. Myers. — I had an experience lately at 
our love feast, I wished for a good impression 
on the congregation. A little before 2 o'clock 
in the morning I got up, went into my library, 
took my Bible, found a text which I thought was 
suited, but felt disqualified, I took it to the Lord 
in prayer. When preaching I felt such an unction 
from God, as I never felt before. Many thanked 
me for the good sermon, when I knew that it was 
the Lord's work. 

S. R. Zug. — I will go back thirty-two years, 
when I was elected. My wife was not there. I 
cime home and told her. After she had made 
up her mind to submit to the voice of the church, 
she 6aid, " Do not preach the people dead." 



Jan. I, 1898. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 



Another thing she said was, " Be careful that you 
do not get bad habits, such as saying too olten, 
'D ar f[iends,'"etc, When we get into such ruts, 
it is hard to get out. 

Geo. Bucher— I was elected when twenty years 
and two months old. The first time I stood up 
in my ministry, I sad but little. After the meet 
ing, old Brother John Zug tock me to a side and 
slid, " Now, brother George, d.i not prepare your- 
self anything, when you z.te to preach." I thought 
over this. In two weeks we met agiin. I said 
to him, " I cannot understand your advice Paul 
say.=, ' Preach the Word,' and that seems to re- 
qjire an effort. Aga ; n he says, 'Study to show 
thyself a workman that needeth not be ashamed.' " 
"Well, 1 ' he said, "work with the handle you have 
in your hoc." I think we must study and then de- 
pend upon the Lord for help, 



CiTRO.NELLE COLLEQE NOTES. 



— A church was organ'zed at Citronelle D;c. 
18, 1807, with twentjorae members. E ! d. D R. 
Richard, of Ingalls, In''., ac'ed as Moderatcr. 
He was assisted by Eld. M. M. Ennis, of Fiult- 
dale, Ala. 

— Prof. Jas. M. Neff preached four very interest- 
ing and instructive sermons in the chapel, recently. 

— Three united with the church by baptism, at 
Ctronelle, D;c. 19 One was a teacher in the 
school, another had been a missionary to Africa, 
having been s;nt out by the M. E Church. 

— The college chapel will be used as a place of 
worship for the Citronelle church. 

— We have a flourishing Sunday school at Cit- 
ronelle. Five classes recite in as many different 
rooms of the building. 

— The prayer meeting, on Thursday night, is a 
source of much enjoyment to the members, as well 
as a benefit to others. 

— Oar school has enrolled about eighty pGJ"-££2t 
more than iast year, 

— Bro. J. L, Miller, of Norborne, Mo., is our lat- 
est arrival. 

— Bro Josiah Sparks, of Hartford City, Ind , has 
located at Citronelle, ani will put his children into 
the school here. 

— Bro. J. N Baker, of Harrod, Ohio, is spend- 
ing the winter here. 

— All the members of the faculty are numbers ol 
the church. 

— At this writing we have no fire in the school 
building and have experienced no lower temper- 
ature than 34 F. 

Ci'rontl/e, A 'a., D.c. 22. 



student, read the Holy Scriptures in concert. 
There is a marked enthusiastic interest in all these 
meetings. Visitors to the chapel morning exer 
cises are often heard to remark: "How impress- 
ive to hear a large body of students read the Bi- 
ble in concert, and with such hearty response." 
Manches'er College has attracted a large number 
of visitors. People have come to investigate the 
merits o! the school, and those who know the 
college b:st, are its greatest admirers. 

Much personal effort and sacrifice, on Ihe part 
of the trustees, have been made to maintain the 
school, but the work of the college has proved 
itself so worthy that many friends are coming to 
meet its growing demands. 

We are expecting a great spiritual revival during 
the next January Bible term. The following 
brethren will assist in this special Bible term: 
Eld. Amsey H. Puterbaugh will be present to in- 
spire the young ministry with his sermons and in- 
structios in Homiletics. Eld. T. T. Mvers, of 
Philadelphia, will give a number of his sermons 
and lectures. Eld. J. C, Murray, of Nappanee, 
Ind., will give a series of sermons. To hear these 
brethren will be a rare opportunity for you, You 
can afford to sacrifice lif necesszry) to attend 
this term's work. These three brethren will bring 
new life and inspiration to the school 



"•s-THE * SUNDAY t SCHOOL^ 



Christ's nvssion in the world was not to turn 
stones into bread, when he was hungry, but to 
save souls from spiritual hunger and death. To 
have listened to the devil and have turned stones 
into bread, would have been robbing God by 
using that which, at that time, did not belong to 
him. So men do when overcome by temptatior. 
Hunger and thirst become a passion so strong, 
that, to gratify it, they try to turn stones into 
bread by stea'ing, robbing and murder. This 
they do, but Ihe Christ life is saying to Ihem: 

It is written, Man sha'l not live by bread alone, 
but by every word which proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God.' Among these words wc have: 
"Thou shalt not steal." By carefully attending 
liritual duties, we will never 



to ou 



: pen 



to suffer undue bodily harms. Christ hi 

" First seek ye the kingdom of God and his rig! 

eousness, and all these things will. be added 



>' : 



nto 



you 



Temptations, many of them, while apparent, are 
not real. Faith and patience open the way of 
escape. S3 they did for Christ and so they will do 
for us. 

But as he gets away from one, another comes. 
Thi3 was not only a time of hunger, of humilii- 
tion and deprivation. Appirently forsaken and 
left alone, trierc is no one to recognize or care 
for him, no h"use, no homr, left alone and with- 
out any visible means of support. In this con- 
dition the devil comes to him again and says: - 
Why all th ; s? If thou art the Son of God, and 
vested with power, why not use it now? Cast 
thyself down from this temple pinnacle, bscausc 
it is written of thee: *' He shall give his angels 
charge concerning thee, and in their hands shall 
they bear thee up," etc. It surely seemed to b.-. 
a good time to show this tempter how much the 
Father cared for the Son. Had he taken this 
I power at this time, and used it in this wuy, he, 
J ncr any one else, would have been the better for 
It was not the mission of Christ to show how 

much he was willing to sacrifice and endure, that 

prior to starting in his great lift-work. Although I ^ "''<*' " ve ' h = W ° rId '""* "° a " d "" l - 

,.-«. 1,,.= j r 1 - ■ .1 , Agam the tempted one answers: •' It ts written. 

f ... I Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy GoV Power 

mised to us, too. Whatsoever we ask in 

not doubting, we shall receive. And if wc 



LESSON LEQHT-FLASHES 

Jesus Tcmpted.-Matt 4:1-11 

Lesson for "January g, iSgS, 

The first and continued thing we want to learn 
and remember, ia that Jesus was a man, that he 
was born as a child, as all other children a*e born, 
and that, from childhood, he grew up into boy- 
hood, as we see him when twelve years old. D<ir- 
. log the igfciB ning ^r^^«^«p to be a ^ V^£ ^^^^^ 
and as such he c^rnes to John the Baptist at the ' 
Jordan, to be baptized of him in the Jordan, 
tarting in his great life-work 
have many wonderful stone 
told of him, during his home days, the probabil 
ities are that there was nothing in his li.'e, during I 7 . 



MANCHESTER COLLEGE AND THE BIBLE SCHOOL. 

BY E. M, CROUCH. 

One after another, our schools hive lately been 
filing through the columns of the Messenger. It 
is the pleasure of Manchester College to bring 
up the rear. 

The present (third) session is an increa-e in 
enrollment and quality of students. Young men 
and women of high purposes are being attracted 
by the work of the institution. 

On? of the chief causes, contributing to the suc- 
cess of this school, is the fact that the manage- 
ment of the work has been so wisely conducted, 
as to maintain a standard of thorough work, in all 
the different department?. Teachers, trained in the 
b;st colleges and universities, have been employed 
from the beginning, in order to give students an 
opportunity to broaden their lives in the higher 
courses of study. 

The moral and Christian character of the stu- 
dent is carefully guarded. Abundant opportunities 
for Christian growth are offered the students in 
the Thursday evening prayer meeting, Sunday 
school, preaching se:vice, lecture course, conduct- 
ed by Pres. E. S. Young on the Psalms, the Bible 
Society, morning chapel exerciser, in which all the ' 



these years, to excite special attention, save that 
he was a model boy and young man of his age, 
leading a life free from all the vices of the day, 
obedient to his parents, apt in learning and of 
pleasing address and manners, We are safe in 
saying that in all the different stages of his life 
and growth he was a perfect sample, such as 
children, boys and young men could well afford 
to take as an example. 

Such a young man we present as the one who 
was tempted by the devil, — just as all young men, 
and women too, will be as they grow up into man- 
hood and womanhood. And as he was an exem- 
plary boy and young man, so he now stands be- 
fore you as the perfect example, both in obedience 
and in times of temptation. You may think that, 
at times, your temptations are very and exceed- 
ingly great. If so, his was still greater. Let us 
look at them, He had fasted forty days and was 
very hungry, — so hungry that an opportunity to 
eat would be a great temptation. Esau hungered 
only a half day, and yet his brother's bowl of soup 
so tempted him, that he was willing to barter for 
it all that he had and all that he expected, — even 
that which was to come to him by right of birth, 
and the father's blessing that would be added. 

After this long fast he was " an hungred." And 
at this time, when the pangs of hunger were 
most keenly felt, the tempter came to him with 
the double temptation, first, of using a possible 
power to meet selfish ends, and, fecond, of allow- 
ing the cravings of the flesh to overcome the pur- 
poses of the Spirit. But the answer is a very 
pretty and significant one: " It is written, Man 
shall not live by bread alone." There are times 
when we have more important duties to attend 
to than feeding our bodies. 



have faith 
remove moi 



would detern 



grain of mustard seed, we could 
s. But suppose we had so much 
ir amusement or gratification, we 
; to remove some of our sur- 
rounding hills and mountains. Then the Lord 
would say: "What do you want to do that for?'' 
What would be our answer? Dj you not think 
we would be somewhat speechless? These hills 
and mountains are all right in their places. Our 
mission is not to remove and misplace them, but 
there are hills and mountains before our brother's 
doors that ought to be removed,— mountains cf 
sorrows, losses and cro'sses. These we are called 
upon to remove, and if we have love and faith, 
as the Master had it, it will be a pleasure for us to 
it. 
There is yet another temptation that was put 
to the Christ, and which was as bravely withstood 
as the others. From this lesson let us learn to 
overcome all the temptations that may befall us, 

II. B. B. 



OUR PRAYKlt MUKTING-. 



For Thursday En. 



S, Jan. 6, j 



I. The Work of Love. 

1. Humility. Acts 20: iq; 1 Pet. 5: 5. 

2. Long-suffering. 2 Cor. 6; 6; Ga). 5: 2:, Epb, -\: 2. 

3. Good conduct. Titus 3: 2; I Tim. 4: 12, 15, 16. 

4. Rejoicing in truth, Rom. 5: 2; 1 Thess. 5: 16. 

5. Patient endurance. 1 Pet. 2:20-24. 
II. The Greatness of Love. 

1. Itnever fails. I Cor. [3: 8; Cant. S:6. 

2. The one thing perfect. 2 Tim. 3; 17. 

3. An abiding possession. Jobn 15: 10, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGBE;. 



Jan. I, l8c,8. 



*1 HE * YOUINQ * PEOPLE - 



OCR MISSIONARY READING CIRCLE. 

OoTirse of Reading. 
first rjjft 

1. 'Crisis of Missions," cloth, (1.04: paper . 34 cents, 

1. 'Idle oi A, Judson," clolh, t7 cents: paper IS cents, 

: ' ',. i'-']'. "' «"!.. 

4. "Nonsuch Professor." cloth 83 cents, 

SECOX1) I BAIL 

-5. " Miracles ol Missions." cloth, 84 cents; paper .84 cents. 

6. "Memoir ol K..I en M.:,H*t," cloth, 57 cents; paper IS cents. 

7. "Cannlbale ol r.'oiv Guinea," clotl 70 cents. 

8. "The Seven Laws ol Teaching," cloth 6S cents. 

TSMICO VKAI1. 

0. " Divine Enterprise of Missions," cloth |l 00 

10. "LUe ol Rob;, I M, ■:.!.. „\" Hottl Jo COOtB. 

11, "Do No; S..v," r.r,.i " Art. ,,l ;!,. An, ..lie.," en, n-=o 10 cents, 

is. "In the Volumooi the Book." cloth. 68 cents; paper 33 cents. 

B3F*Prlcea, as given above, are lor members ol Reading Circle only 
A 1 others pay regular retail price. 

Exbcutivb Committee op Rbading Circlb.-W. B. Stover, Bulsar. 
Iidla. H. M, h. ; m-.'.1, u .v. Al.-^.ndn,. Uiilo: Mr.. 11. M. stovar, Waynes- 
b>ro, Pa.; Edith It Kcwroinor, W.,yii^b,.>io, Fn.; I. M Nelf. Froltdale, Ala 

Officbrs of Reading Circle— Piesldcnt, W. B. Stover, Bolsar, lad., 

T.ejsuncr, Lbt.llcc \V. H:±-i. U '.-,,•;,. .:l„,,„, IV ; S;c retnry, Edith K, New 

c imer. Waynesboro. P..,—;., wlio-n all t n-niok.ttlon. concerning the 

Kiadlne Circle aliould be addie.scd, but all orders lor hooka ahould be 
aldressedto Bt.thr-u I'.il.llvnr ;; II Mount Morris. 111. 



A NEW YEAR'S SONQ. 

The last red rays decline 

Across the wbited wold; 
From the horizon line 

Slow lades the year's last gold. 
Time, wiih averted eyes, 

Goes down the darkening way; 
But he renewed shall rise 

Light-hearled as the day. 
Upon his cheek shall Youth 

Show tbe rose-miracle; 
Upon his brow shall Truth 

O'er Wrong the victory tell. 
Treasure the thought sublime, 

O journeying soul! that salth 
Tbat thou shalt e'en as Time, 

Have triumph over Death. 

—Clinton Scollayd. 



WHEN THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS HIBERNATE. 
BY NANCY D. UNDERBILL, 

When the Sunday school goes into winter quar- 
ters, to sleep until next harvest time (summer), 
while the enemy is prowling about, sowing tares, it 
is a good plan for the Christians in the.church, who 
are zealous for the salvation of souls, to have a 
Bible reading class to meet Sunday afternoons at 
the home or homes of those who feel so disposed. 
These gatherings may be quite informal, and all 
who attend should be made to feel at home, so 
they will freely participate in the exercises. Let 
some familiar hymns be sung, and then let one or 
more lead in prayer. After prayer another hymn 
may be sung, and then let the reading begin, 

It is well to study by topic, announcing the sub- 
ject a week previously, each time. Let each person 
find some Scripture bearing upon his subject, and 
be ready to read, and comment upon it, if so de- 
sired When the subject is announced let some 
Scripture be mentioned in connection with it, if 
desirable, and if it is thought well to do so, a leader 
may be selected, but let it be a different person 
each time, so as to give all an equal opportunity 
and get all interested. Let as many references be 
read as have been selected; then, if there is plenty 
of time, the leader may designate some person to 
talk a few minutes, or, if so disposed, all may speak 
by turns. Let the meeting be closed by song and a 
short prayer. Let it be understood where the next 
meeting will be, and the subject selected and an- 
nounced, so all may be ready. Let not these 
forma! ga'herings be selfish, but make all welcome; 
and, if requested to do so, have some of the meet- 
ings at the homes of members of other churches 
and of those who are not members of any church. 
The object is to study God's Word; and it is quite 
as beneficial to others to study the Word as it i 
us. So give all an equal opportunity. Let pure 
godly love permeate the whole service. 

Much good may result from these meetings if 
conducted in a spirit of love. Let the rocking- 



chairs be broutht into the parlor (or whatever 
room is used) for the aged guests; let the kitchen 
and dining-room and parlor chairs be placed about 
in a sort of circle. Use the little ones' chairs, the 
footstools, and even the wash-bench if necessary, — 
with a folded quilt or blanket spread over it, — for 
the children v/ho come. If several little ones come 
let a separate class be formed for them, and some 
good, willing Christian be selected to instruct them. 
They can, with mamma's or papa's help, find 
some verse each week bearing upon the subject, 
which they should be encouraged to learn by heart, 
and repeat at the meeting. 

These little verses may be called "forget-me- 
nots." Their teacher may tell them something 
about each verse, — who wrote it, its meaning, etc., 
but let the little ones sing with the older ones, and 
they may be taught to close by repeating the 
Lord's Prayer in concert, if desired, Let the hour 
chosen be one that will not interfere with any one's 
rest or their meal hours or other meetings, 

Let everything have a comfortable, home-like 
air, no stiffness or formality, If there are but a few 
neighbors to meet, let them all greet each other 
upon entering, If the gathering is a large one, let 
the host and hostess greet those who come and 
assign them a seat. If the assembly is not too 
large, let all strangers be introduced and made to 
feel quite welcome at once. Be sure and always 
invite the Holy Guest to be present. 

Let every one who goes invite Jesus to go along 
with him and you will have such a good time that 
you will wonder if you haven't found one of those 
heavenly places. 

Cation City, Colo, 



THE BROOKLYN MISSION. 

BY AL1CB J. BOOSE. 

The harvest time for city missions is at hand. 
Each day has its duties and privileges, pleasant and 
"u^^a'557 1 V^trriIrgT,7~aisci, wnii:iT1oumiiTate~.an3 - al : 
most distract workers. Then there is the spiritual 
deepening, widening and lifting, as it were, into 
the very presence of God. How we love to linger 
on the mount of glory; but, like our Perfect Exam- 
ple, we must work down in the valley. In the mount 
we receive grace, courage and strength for work in 
the byways and highways. . 

Among some the work must be done in a way 
that they do not even anticipate the design of the 
worker until they realize a change in their lives, 
and when, with a frank, open heart, they tell how 
much happier they are and how much more they 
see in a noble, Christian life, and have resolved 
upon such a life, the heart of the servant is thrilled, 
tears flow, prayers go up, Jesus comes down and 
there is joy, sweet joy. 

We are taught that the value of one soul is worth 
more than all the world. Why, then, are Chris- 
tians not more desirous of taking shares in stock 
that will insure a hundredfold increase on their in- 
vestment? My dear friends, try it! 

Our Sunday school is growing in interest. There 
is one peculiar feature in it. We have about three 
times as many boys as girls. In a class of twenty, 
ranging from twelve to sixteen years, there are four 
girls. It is a beautiful scene to watch the boys 
coming in with their Bibles under their arm. These 
boys will one day be men. May we not have your 
earnest petitions united with ours, that they will be 
godly, God-fearing men? At least twelve of the 
class have purchased Bibles since entering. 

Through Sister Engler the Popp boys came to 
Sunday school. They invited one of their play- 
mates, who came, A few weeks later Harry West 
came one day with two other boys who asked to 
join our school. We gladly welcomed them 
About two weeks after this, one evening, a lady 
called, saying, " Harry West, my son's companion, 
says, you have such a delightful Sunday school, a 
splendid teacher, beautiful illustrations, and Etfgar 
wanted me to get permission for him to attend 
also. We are Episcopal, but our Sunday school is 



sn dry and dull that Edgar refuses to go, and I do 
not blame him." . 

These boys have brought others, and we have 
eight who have left their Sunday school for some- 
thing better. Boys know a good thing when they 
find it. 

Fellow superintendent and teachers, make your 
Sunday school classes such that your classes will 
grow and not dwindle away. We think our boys 
and girls do well in their offerings. They put two 
dozen chairs in the mission at a cost of $12; S3.C0 
worth of Bibles in the Sunday school, and are now 
paying S3.00 per month on the rent of the mission 
room. The adult members, about ten in number, 
have borne the general expense of the sehool. 

The work of the Holy Spirit is noticeable in our 
school, and we earnestly pray he will continue to 
work to will and do of his good pleasure, through- 
out life. 

The Lord has wonderfully blessed and cared for 
me since in Brooklyn. After Sister Lizzie Grater 
left for Norristown, I knew it would be impossible 
to bear the burden alone. Bro. Utz, of New Jersey, 
has proved a very faithful helper, but he could 
teach only one class at a time, so the Lord sent 
us Sister May Oiler for two Sundays. Then came 
two sisters from Palmyra, for two or three weeks, 
but they were so well pleased that they will remain 
over Christmas. On Thanksgiving Sister Minnie 
Howe came, and will remain until sometime in Jan- 
uary. A few days ago Sister Emma Welty, of 
Lancaster, came over. All are busy as bees, and 
very happy in the Master's service. 

I have given you the bright side. Come in 
and see the dark side. The Lord graciously and 
abundantly bless you sill 
fjSi Third Ave., Brooklyn. 



HOW THE CHILDREN KEPT THE BIBLE. 

In reading the " History of the Waldenses," it is 
ost wonderful how these persecuted people pre- 
-C^ved the Bible. You, young people, who have a 
Bible at your elbow, to read" from at~~ariy time, can 
hardly imagine what struggles "The Israel of the 
Alps," as a writer calls them, had to worship God 
according to the teachings of the Word. 

Amid the terrible persecutions and destitutions 
of their life in the Alpine mountains, they taught 
their children to memorize chapters, so that what- 
ever might befall the written copies of the Bible, 
large portions of it might be secure in the memories 
of their youths and maidens. In secret meetings, 
when they went by night barefooted, or with shoes 
bound with rags, so that they might not be heard in 
passing, it was their custom to listen to the Gospels 
recited in turn by the young, each one responsible 
for a certain portion. — N. W. C. Advocate, 



WHAT WILL YOU DO? 



When Count Campello first gave up his well-paid 
canonry in the Church of Rome, fourteen years 
ago, he had to endure many privations for con- 
science* sake. On one occasion, after being without 
the means to procure food for three days, another 
ex-Romish priest, who was working with him, said: 
"What are we to do; we cannot go on; I see but 
two courses; we must go back or starve; I shall go 
back; what will you do? " Count Campello's reply 
was in one word, "Starve." But God does not de- 
sert, although he tries his children.— Bombay Guard- 



Is is stated that the New York Bible Society, 
during the year ending Sept. 30, distributed in this 
city 60,424 Bibles and Testaments, in twenty-four 
different languages, including the various European 
languages, also Chinese, Arabic, Greek, Bulgarian 
and others. The society has missionaries meeta 
ing the immigrants with Bibles and Testaments 
in their languages; and it is doing a large work 
among the blind and is engaged in a house-to 
house visitation, reaching many families and indi- 
viduals, It also aims to supply the children in the 
Sunday schools. 




General Missionary and Tract 
Department 



COMMITTEE. 

of,""!* I L - W ' T «'M. ' Indiana 
• Illinois | S. R. Zug. - Pennsylvania 




BE0rjT,AB HEETIHGS OP THE COHMITTEE: 
before Standing Committee conven 
ing; the second Monday oi Octobe 

BUSINESS FOB AH7 HEETIKQ should b 
In order to be prepared for that sessic 






BAOB STATE DISTBICT MISSION BOABD i 3 entitled prbb t- 
35 six-months subscriptione to the Gosprl Messhn 
OHR for missionary purposes. The list must be en 
dorsed by the District Mission Board, beiore the pape 
will be sent. 

TEE OOHUITTSE BECEIVES donations for the following 
funds: World-Wide. Asia Minor, India. Orphanage : 
Smyrna; Washington Meetinghouse; Sufferers 1 
India: Book and Tract Funds. 

DO HOT ADDBESS business or money Intended lor 11 
Committee, to any of its members. All such corre' 
pondence and money should be sent to 

GEN. MISS. A4 TRACT COM., 

Mount Morris, 111, 



MOTTO FOB THE TEAR. 




Episcopali 



The rector of 

Jersey City propo 

in connection with his church. 

the devil likes to see. 



church in 
dancing-class 
That is what 



Loaves and fishes are all right and n 
sary for the preacher, as well as for anybody 
else, but we would not give much for the 
preacher who makes such things the chief 



On the outside of a church in the West a 
mob waited for the preacher, intending to do 
him bodily injury. The preacher defeated ihe 
mob by keeping up the meeting all night, a 
number of the more zealous remaining with 
him. 



One section of country in Africa is said .to- 
be no destitute of Christian workers, that a 
person may travel a thousand miles in either 
direction from a given center, meet I to coo oon 
people, and yet not find one missionary among 



The neighbors who went into th 
cornfield on Saturday and gathered his con 
for him, doubtless enjoyed the sermon tht 
next day. We may rest assured that nont 
of them went to sleep in church,— they are nol 
that kind, 

Commissioner Booth-Tucker, who was 

born in India, and has spent most of his life 
there, says famine and pestilence are among 



Let some who b„, t . 
to do evangelistic work, with a view of eaih 
enng numbers into the fold in this and , ha 
congregation, settle down to evangelistic worl 
in our cities, and leave the home talent dt 
tne congregational revival work. That wil 
be better [or the congregations, and will giv, 
some excellent talent for city missions iw 
the city field does not promise such 'returns 
in number, as revival work does, but it i- 
planting the church where it is badly needed 
and that is far more important. 

These workers must be full of faith. When 
the host of s.n is pressing, hard 
as though the enemy would ovi 
then that the missionary, prophet-like, should 
be able to see the legions of ,he Lord's hos 
in the clouds about him, readv to assist him 
if his own forces are vanquished. There mus 
be faith, yes faith to see success for Christ i. 
which the devil calls his victory. 
. missionary should be sociable 
kind, courteous, having the desirable quality 
inning people to Christ by a gentle dispo- 
», yet unbending in principle. He must 
nsh with the hook and line of God's love 
and forbear throwing stones, except when 
enemy comes near enough to make it im- 
portant to hit him. 

i must possess patience and be willing 
idure under heavy trial and, through it 
:arry a smile and cheerful countenance. 
No one has as much right to smile, in this 
world, as the Christian and especially the mis- 
sionary. To carry a long face gives out the 
impression that to serve Christ 
some and takes the cheer out of life. 
Other important qualifications in 
of ability to preach,- to converse 
abreast with the day in important ... 
etc., might be mentioned, but look at the next 
great need. 

The city mission, to be a success, must 
be backed by proper financial support. No 



'resented 









hint at wastefuln 
le be turned in 
generation, and see what the 
Instead of the church, bee 
having to take so: 
of the block, or some out 
.and the saloon having the Co 

church so place money at 
they can 



meant. But let tin 
r just one 



-of-the-way hall, 
rner of the block, 



two brethren dropped 
with a purse to buy 

The Lord and the guardian angels about 
are the only ones, perhaps, who know h 
much our spirits were cheered by the a 
cf thoughtful solicitude for our comfort, a 
■t should also be a source of joy ,o those w 
bestow these acts of love and care for the 
Lords servants, lo know that they will be 
remembered ,„ the resurrection of the just, 
inasmuch as ye did unto the least of mv 
brethren, ye did i, „„,o me. Come up high- 



ASIA MINOR MISSION. 

»V G. J. FERCKEN. 

Nov., 8. At our prayer meeting last nigh, 
mree ot our older orphan boys took part in 
the exercises. We were very glad for their 
sakes, and glad also for the sake of some of 
the older members who have not yet taken 
part in these informal meetings of Ihe church. 
t is true that, even at home, longstanding 
members remain forever si'ent at these un- 
olhcial gatherings, and therefore we cannot 
expect too much, in the missionary field, from 
those who are yet but "babes in Christ." 



pleased 



childlike hun 



Mir dear brother, Prothromos 
He is a man of great piety and 
hty, exerting an excellent in. 
fluence over our members and orphans. He 
is forty years old. Twenty years ago he be- 
came enlightened, accepted Christ, and joined 
the American Congregational body, whose 
mission in Asia Minor, for the past sixty or 
seventy years, has done a grand and noble 
ivork, especially in the educational line. For 
iome years past, he has been employed as 
v/jer/airby the Smyrna agency of the Brit- 
sh Bible Society. He has traveled exten- 
sively in the interior, knotvs every hook and 
nook of this western part of Anatolia, having 
mes to ocU portions o[ 
Holy Scriptures, distribute tracts, and preach 
the Word. With such an experience, what 
table man he would be to our outsta- 
that are so much in need of a resident 



nditi, 



. Ihe 



The 



re di 



id those some of the fairest, whe:_ 
mger is never absent, where cholera averag- 
s in an ordinary year. Starva- 
least t,ooo,coo. The greatest 
on Indian statistics calculates 
ooo to 40,000,000 peopl 

of hunger; in fact, do 



hu _ 

es 300,000 death 

tion claims at 

living authority on Ind 

that from 30,000,000 to 4 

ly ever lose the sensatic 

not know the feeling of a full stomach, .., 

in the mango season. 

WILL C1TV MISSIONS BE A SUC- 

CESS FOR THE BRETHREN 

CHURCH?— No. 3. 

Considering what has been said in the 
preceding two articles under this head, there 
■ to the direct question 









The Brethren church is not tied up by an 
creed that regulates its doctrines and method 
except the New Testament. She is ever ready 
to accept more light, and adopt better meth- 
ods, when their need is presented properly 
to her. Further, she is awake to city missions 

and is awakening more fully year by year! 
Her progress in missions clearly shows she 

will adapt her methods to the needs of her 

work just as rapidly as it is possibles do, and 

retain soundness of body and healthiness of 

growth. 
What, then, are some of the needs of city 

missions, that will make them a grand success 

for the Lord? 



1 the corner, and drive the saloon into th 
1 insignificant places. In other words -let no 
the withholding of our means keep the Lord: 
cause trailing m the dirt and filth of the city 
The workers themselves only ask for them- 
selves a reasonable support, but it would be 
a great encouragement to every mission, anc 
would add decidedly to the promise of sue 
cess, did each one have good, plain, suitable 
church homes, with every facility for impress- 
ing deeply the Word of Life on every one 
attending. 
Our workers, in the cities, are doing more 
an their share in the sacrifice for the cause 
ere. God bless them, as he will, for it. But 
let the church awake to her privilege her 
opportunity, her duty, and let her push' city 
ingelization with a zeal and knowledge in 
keeping with Ihe high calling to which she 
called, and the glorious Gospel, which she| an <I tne 
to cany to the millions of benighted ones 0orfa . °" 
re bound ' l0 becom 



ha Apocalypti 



• elect a minister ioTj/as/ui 
Philadelphia— where we 'no 



Bro. Prothromos D. PinyatogI, 
qualified for that work. The lol also fell on Pro 
Melkom Khanikian who, for the past 
:n months, has been our evangelist and 
■worker. In his old age, he has 
active and faithful, and we are gl 
church in Smyrna appreciates and 
These 



of the 



was advanced to 
ministry, and was installed 
solemnity. Our brother received the' hearty 
handshakings and the "holy kiss " not only 
from the members, but even the few outsiders 
who were present to witness this setting apart 
of an ambassador of Christ, came forward 
and greeted him. The church has deemed 
it wise to take this step that our new minis- 
tering brother, who is to be over one hun- 
dred miles away from us, may have full 
authority to baptize and administer ihe 
ordinances of the church. Prothromos means 
forerunner, in Greek. We therefore trust 
that our brother will worthily bear his name 
and, like another Baptist, " prepare the way 
before the Lord," by "turning the hearts of 
the fathers to the children, and the disobe- 
dient lo Ihe wisdom of the just, making 
ready a people prepared for the Lord." 

We failed to say in one of the above items 
that three of the orphans who were baptized 
(the last three mentioned), lost their parents 
the massacres. By having one orphan, 
whose parents died a natural death, also seek 
Gospel baptism, we ought to be encouraged 
that we did not close our doors to more fortu- 
late orphans, who did not suffer [nun ihe 
inrrors of the massacres. 
riic. ,. Last night the church assembled 
gain to bid farewell to our brother Prolhro- 
nos, who is leaving to-morrow for the old 
:ity of Philadelphia, whither he has been 
called cf God to "strengthen the things 
which remain, that are ready to die." The 
lage to the church in Philadelphia (Rev. 
3: 7-13) suggested many appropriate thought*, 
»»., the "open door" which Christ now opens 
and "no man shuts;" and all that because 
our brother has " little strength, ' and has 
"kept the word," and has "not denied his 
name," also these thoughts: "Because thou 
hast kept the word of my patience, I will keep 
thee in the hour of temptation:" "hold to»t 
fast which thou hast;" "I will make thee a 
pillar in the temple of my God;" etc. The 
whole was a solemn occasion that reminded 
us very much of Paul's departure [rom Ml. 
letus, as he bade farewell to the elders of the 
,iiiister! church at Ephesus. Then all kneeling down 

-;— :,^^^^^BtS^^^^^i:, " : '' ■";' " 

>-"n to the word of his grace, which 
build him up and to give him an 
:e among all them which are san 



t you will not fail 



ier this brother and his 
kneel before the throne of grace.' 
Smyrna, Asia Minor. 



■ork, 



WHAT FIVE LITTLE OIRLS DID. 



richly bl 
ry of 



of the 

is their labor: 



yo brethn 
May the Lord I 



baptism by 









rcque 



do her part 1 



: for the Br 



i( she 



Chris 



, Let there be a doubling up of the forces, love 
e after time, by the best talent the church latet 



PROVOKINli TO LOVE AND GOOD 
WORKS. 

Without letting the left hand know jus 
where the right hand is operating, in this in 
itance, we give the following from a lette: 
ust received at this office. We hope it wil 
irompt others to act.— Eo. 
After reading Sister Hilary's article, headed, 
In the Cornfield," I was impressed with the 
act, that if our brethren and sisters could 
be made to realize how much we poor ser 
of the church appreciate these generous 
tokens of kindness and brotherly symp 
thy, there would be much more done alor 
:ese lines, than there is. 
Not long since, the sisters of this plac 
contributed their mites and presented my 
with a handsome purse, to buy hersel 
ter wrap, which she very much needed 
seemed to "provoke the brethren tc 



In the spring, Sister Kate Sayl 
each of her Sunday school schol 
they wished. They 

— - -.-.«„, out, 1 -t>t.~ ■«">' ,i.sed chickens. They 

well prepared and after having the money on Thanksgiving Day 
repentance toward God and faith ing that it be sent to India. The 
Lord Jesus Christ." These were raised from thei 
Totouzian, of Ceasaria; Yeghia Kon- Thus we see that the little folks 
Mikael Tavajian, of Everek, great work, if encouraged 
op Sakojian, of that 
phan, so miraculously, saved would invest some funds in this way, and u 
chosen vessel " unto the proceeds for mission work 
bear his name before his much trod- 1 Eldorado, Ohio. 
n-down nation. When we look upon 

REPORT OF WASHINGTON MISSION 






nd good 



for a few evenings 
were quietly 6eated in our study, 



ask ourselves, who, of all 
tributors, will ever regret his gifts, or find fault 
with the suggestion of founding an Orphanage, 
whether here or at Bulsar? Surely (: 
have said it before), on the young people of 
our missions depend our future success and 
the hope of moulding and forming a "pecu- 
iple, zealous of good" works." Breth- 
sisters, pray earnestly for these young 
at they may be strong against the 
temptations of the world, and be kept faithful 
"ven unto death! 

Nov. 29. We spent a blessed Sabbath yes- 
terday, with all the visions and foretastes of 
heaven. Besides our morning and evening 
services, we held our fall love feast in 
which so many participated. All turned out 
in full force, making the exercises doubly 



society 



Prothomos 
I, "I did 



nd de 



Our 



cry much affected and 
eve that I" could have 

to the Truth than I do now." 
Last night another meeting of the 

held, at which Ero. Prothomos 



-Mi' . M, it,';-k t -h.,v,'y, rkrlcy, 1 „., .'. ' .' ' .' ,' 1 [ 

Expenditures, .' .' .' . .' ' ' .' ,' ,' \ \ \ \ ,.' ' ,7 \ 

Balance on bund, Deo. 1, ... 110 1 

wm»,tSt.,S.2, M.C.Fnoun.TMa.. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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The Gospel Messenger, 

Published Weekly, at Ji.sa per Annum, by 

BRETHREN PUBLISHING HOUSE, 

Mount Morris, Illinois. 

_3R, Mount Morris, III., i Editor*, 

BRUUBAUGH, Huntingdon, Pa., y 

: is, <MScc Editor, 

Joseph Antics,..,, Business MacsgK, 

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A laege ingatnering of members is reported at 
Meyersdale, Pa. One report has it filty seven. 

One of our sisters, on renewing her subscription 
to the Messenger, says, " I call it my kitchen com- 
panion." 

Bro. Chas. M. Yearout is now engaged in a se- 
ries of meetings at Warrensburg, Mo. The interest 
is reDorted pond . , ...«l 



A congregation was recently organized at Cit 
ronelle, Ala. Three were also received into the 
church by baptism. 

The series of meetings, at Lanark, closed with 
six baptized and two reclaimed. The meetings 
weie conducted by Bio. Trout. 



There will be a love feast in Washington, D. C , 
Jan. 18, at 7: 30, at the usual place of worship. A 
cordial invitation is extended to all who can be 
present, Address or call on Bro. Albert Hollinger, 
3^9 Eleventh St., S. E. 

Bro. C. E. Arnold, of McPherson. Kans., was 
with us over last Sunday, and preached in the 
Chapel both morning and evening. His talks were 
very much appreciated. He went from here to 
Mineral Creek, Mo., where he is to conduct a Spe- 
cial Bible Term. 

Some of our readers send us a long list of Bible 
questions, desiring private answers, With us, this 
is simply impossible, We would like to respond 
to all such requests for information, but our edi- 
torial work takes up all of our time during the 
day, and often extends far into the night. 

The "Word for the Worker," is the title of a 
neatly- printed little booklet iust published by Bro. 
J. G. Royer, of this place. It sets forth, in a con- 
cise manner, the condition of the sinner, God's love 
for him, the salvation for him, how to secure it, 
what he must do to be saved, etc. The booklet 
can be read and studied with profit. Price, ten 
cents. Address Ihis office. 



Some of our readers are inquiring for information 
concerning the Mormons and their doctrine. We 
refer them to the excellent book on that subject, 
reviewed in our literary department last week. It 
is the best exposition of Mormonism we have ever 
read. It was written by a man who had been a 
Mormon preacher a number of years, and knows 
just what he is writing about. 



Not long since a church called two young breth- 
n to the ministry. Another brother, thinking 
that these young men should have some good 
books, writes for our catalogue, saying that he pro- 
poses to get some books for the newly-elected 
preachers. That is the way we like to hear 



It is encouraging to hear of churches employing 
^ tv.*~-i -- /^tiippt^i teaC-hers to give a course of training in, 

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A series of meetings, at the Glade View house, 
West Virginia, conducted by 1. B. Ferguson, of 
Pennsylvania, closed Dec. 14, with five accessions, 

In the Notes from our Correspondents, last issue, 
the address of Sister Maggie M. Good should have 
been North Liberty, Ind , instead of North Web- 
ster. 

One congregation in Ohio donates the Messen- 
ger to twenty-eight members who are too poor to 
pay for it. That church knows what is good for 
her poor members. , 

Bro. Haas, of Harrisburg, recently closed an in- 
teresting series of meetings at Coventry, Pa , with 
six confessions, The meetings are said to have re- 
sulted in great good to the members in general, 



ce, and they will be able to give you better 

sermons, 

We are just in receipt of a communication, stat- 
ing that Eld. S, S. Barklow, of Norway, Oregon, 
closed his labors on earth D;c. 17. Bro. Barklow 
was one of the strong pillars in the West, and one 
of the most influential preachers on the Paciflc 
coast. He was a man of fine ability, firm in his con- 
victions, and a power for good. His labors will be 
greatly missed. We are promised an extended no- 
tice of his life and death. 



The debates, in which our people have taken 
part, have generally resulted favorably to our cause. 
Sirice the Mount Perry Debate, held in Ohio, a few 
months ago, fifteen have united with the church in 
that locality. 

We have just read the story — and it is a long one 
— of two brethren who cannot agree, and the 
church seems almost ruined because of their con- 
tentions. It might be well for the church to unani- 
mously request these two brethren to settle the per- 
sonal matters between themselves, call for their cer- 
tificates of membership, and emigrate to different 
localities. There are some people that the Lord 
can manage better by having them kept apart. We 
suggest this simple plan to ail congregations hav- 
ing members who cannot get along well together, 
especially is it a good remedy for preachers who 
do not work together very harmoniously. 



In the International Sunday School Series the 
lesson for Dec. 5, was " Christ's Humility and Ex 
altation," as drawn from Phil, 2: 1-11, In order 
to illustrate humility in its simplest form, so as to 
bring it within the comprehension of the little 
people, David C, Cook & Co, made use of a fine 
picture representing Christ washing the feet of 
his disciples, as narrated in John 13, with this 
the Golden Text: " Let this mind be in you, which 
was also in Jesus Christ," followed by, "Christ the 
Christian's example." It is well to have the young 
minds thus impressed with Bible truths, for it is 
hoped that when they become older, they will 
not disregard the example of the Master. 



Our Sunday schools will find it to their ad- 
vantage to use the Brethren's Sunday School Cass 
Record, price, 50 cents per dozen, and the Breth- 
ren's Sunday School Minute Book, 25 cents each. 
Both of these little books have been prepared 
for use in our schools, and we are certain that they 
will give good satisfaction wherever used. 

Writing from Botetourt County, Va, Bro. A. F. 
Pursley says: " The Brethren here, who have read 
the Doctrinal number, are elated over it, and do 
not hesitate in saying that it is the best paper they 
ever saw." We still have some copies of this issue 
on hand, that will be sent free to those who can 
make use of them, by placing them where they will 
do good. 

The Chris'izn Evangelist, one of the best denom- 
inational papers that comes to our desk, published 
at §1,75 a year, has been asked whether it proposes 
to meet the cut in price to Si. 00, made by some of 
the papers. It replies by saying, that it proposes 
to meet the cut, not by reducing the price, but by 
making a better paper, for it feels confident that the 
people want something better, and are willing to 
pay for it. The Evxrg'.lht is right on this point. 



Writing from Burdick, Ky,, Bro. D. E. Cripe 
says that, so far as he knows, he and Bro. A. S, 
Culp are the only ministers in the western part 
of that State, and that their field is a large one. 
Kentucky is a State well worthy of the attention 
of our people. Instead of the one small church 
we now have there, we ought to have a score or 
more. Years ago we had a few promising church- 
es in the State, but for some cause they went down, 
and the interest has never been revived, It was 
from this State that some of the early ministers, 
who first settled in Illinois and Missouri, came, 
We hope to see greater efforts made to place our 
cause on a good footing in the Blue Grass State, 



. Over one year ago a lady from Dekalb, III, at- 
tended the M. E. camp-meeting at Franklin Grove. 
There she happened to sea some of our sisters, and 
was so favorably impressed that she ventured to 
introduce herself to one of then), with a view of 
learning something about the Brethren. She was 
very kindly received, and entertained by the sister. 
The Messenger and a number of tracts soon found 
their way to her home, she read them with care, in 
connection with the Bible, and about two months 
ago united with the church. This shows that it is 
to the interest of the cause for sisters to let their 
light shine, and also that the Messenger and tracts 
can lead people to Christ 'when they have an op- 
portunity of doing so, 



sisted on the use of the organ, but that is not the 
kind of music that is wanted in our churches. 
Then there are other teachers who persist in try- 
ing to crowd our books out of our song service and 
introduce others in their stead. We suggest that 
our people do not encourage this class of teach- 
ers. The Brethren have their own song books, 
published by the direction of the Conference, and 
these are the books that should be used in our serv- 
ices, and our churches want teachers who can, and 
will instruct them how to sing from these books. 
Such teachers can be had if the churches will per- 
sist in their demand for that kind of teaching. If 
our present song books are not what they should 
be, are not up to the required standard, come to 
the Conference with papers saying so, and make 
demands for improvement, and such papers will re- 
ceive due consideration. But, in the meantime, let 
us learn to get all the good music out of the 
books we have, until we can secure something 
better. ________ 

NEW YEAR'S GREETING. 

To-day the Gospel Messenger enters upon its 
mission for the new born year of 1898. It comes 
into the homes of its multiplied thousands of read- 
ers with warm greetings, full of Christian love and 
of hope for the future. This year, yet in its swad- 
dling-clothes, the Messenger will be carried from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the cold re- 
gion of the north to the sunny glades of the south. 
It will sail over many seas, reaching Northern Eu- 
rope, and finding no rest until it touches responsive 
hearts in two of the Seven Churches of Asia, in the 
holy city of Jerusalem, in far away India, where a 
consecrated band of our great family is preaching 
the Gospel to the heathen, and holding out their 
hands laden with food for our starving, dusky breth- 
ren on the other side of the world, It will even be 
read in the flowery kingdom of Japan, where it is 



Jan. 



THE GOSPEL 3VEESSE1TC3-EE/. 



hoped seed may be sown that will, ere long, yield 
abundant fruitage unto the Lord. 
I And what a large family of Messenger readers 
we have grown to bel Within the memory of the 
writer we were but a feeble folk. Then the month- 
ly Gospel Visitor, only a half-welcomed guest by the 
church, came into a few homes east of the Missis- 
sippi. The family was then so small that Bro. 
Kurtz, the founder, wrote, " A majority of the 
churches heard from were in favor of the measure, 
or at least a trial, that a respectable number of sub- 
scribers, more than three hundred, and even pay- 
ment for fifty copies were sent in. Thus far we 
felt encouraged."* Then our family was counted 
by single hundreds. Now it requires multiplied 
thousands to tell the numbers of our growth. Then 
we dwelt in a few of the eastern and middle States. 
Now we circle the globe. And still the increase in 
numbers continues. We are greeting many, very 
many new friends. We bid them a most hearty 
welcome, and trust they will abide with us until ev 
entide. Others there are among us who have been 
in the family in its various branches, now happily 
consolidated and united, and in the church, for 
two score years and more. These are the life sub- 
scribers. They have been with us through the fire, 
the tried and true of a life- time, the veterans of the 
family. Others have been with us not so long, but 
are no less faithful on that account. To old and 
young alike we send this greeting, with best and 
kindest wishes for a prosperous and happy New 
Year. 

But not only has our family of readers increased 
until it has become a great host, the Messenger 
has also grown in size and in excellence. To day it 
is classed among the best religious journals of the 
country. Many of the family insist that it is the 
best, and we accept the verdict, for it is best for our 
family. And how it has grown in s : *e from its 
small beginning! In 1851 the Gospel Visitor gave to 
the family of readers, for the entire year, one hun 
dred and forty-four pages of reading matter, receiv 
ing, therefor, one dollar. The Messenger gives 
annually, three thousand, four hundred and ninety 
pages, if reduced to same size as was the page of 
the Visitor, or more than twenty-four times as much 
as our forerunner gave to its readers forty-seven 
years ago. So, under God's blessing, the power and 
influence of the church paper, for good, has grown 
until it has become one among the most important 
factors in our church. 

And what of the future? It is full of hope for 
the church paper. Never before, in the history of 
our publishing interests, has the business been in 
such a prosperous condition as the opening of this 
New Year finds it. Our list was never so full, the 
sale of books and Sunday school supplies never so 
large, and the volume of business never so great as 
it now is, as we enter upon the year 1898. This is 
especially gratifying, not only to the managers, but 
to every -member of our great family, for the church 
owns all her publishing business, and receives the 
income from the Messenger, the Sunday school 
papers and quarterlies, Sunday school supplies, Bi- 
bles, books, etc., published or sold by the Breth- 
ren Publishing House. Thus each member of the 
church has a part and a lot in this matter. 

And for the church, too, the outlook seems to be 
hopeful. God has abundantly blessed her in the 
years gone by, and as she goes on making progress 
along the line of spiritual and temporal develop- 
ment, these blessings will abide with her. The 
progress and growth has been strong and steady. 
In mission work, in Sunday school work, in Minis- 
terial Meetings, in more study of the Divine Word 
by our ministers, the progress has been marked. 
Within less than a decade, a number of old folks' 
and children's homes have been founded by the 



church in this country, and an Orphanage in Smyr- 
na, for the support of the children of the massacred 
Armenians, and another in India, for the orphans 
of those who died by famine, are in successful oper- 
ation. 

is true that some departures from the simplici- 
ty of the Gospel are to be noted, but this has been 
true in all ages of the church. Paul had to meet 
them, we must meet them, and it is the duty of the 
hour to meet them wisely, and in the 'spirit that 
characterizes our holy Christianity. 

Yes! we have hope for the future, for is it not 
written that the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against the church? As we send you, dear reader, 
this greeting, standing upon the threshold of the 
New Year, wishing you one and all heaven's richest 
blessings, we exhort you to faithfulness to all the 
principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A life of 
faithful, consecrated service to God will make this 
a happy year to all who thus live. 

'■ Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, 
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
G'ace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus 
Christ in sincerity." D. L. M. 



*Gaspel Visitor, Vol. r, No, I 



THE UNEXPECTED SUCCESS OF OUR PREMIUM 
OFFER. 

When we selected a Bible to offer as a premiun 
with the Messenger for 1898, two things were 
held in view, — to get such a Bible as would be 
desirable by the many, and thus enlarge the subscrip- 
tion list of the Messenger, and to offer the Bi- 
ble and paper so low, that the combined price of 
the two would be but a moderate price for the 
Bible itself. We expected a fair demand for the 
premium offer, and thought we had made ample 
provisions to meet the requirements of the Holi- 
day trade, but the orders multiplied so rapidly, 
eeks before Christmas that, with work- 



the two 

.irjt; overtime and telef raDhing the manufacturers J at Beti„<T.tuL_£o "on see th^ ^ri o pf unit ed 1 

for more Bibles, we were unable to keep up with as t j lev 
our orders, and, to our regret, a few who had 
ordered the leather-lined Bible, or the leather-lined 
indexed Bible, did not get their books just when 
they wanted them. 

Although thousands of these Bibles have been 
sent out, so far but one copy has been reported 
imperfect in its make-up, and we promptly re- 
deemed it at our own expense. On the other hand 
we have a large pile of testimonials from patrons, 
praising the book and expressing their surprise 
at what they have received for their money. 

A few have wanted to get the Bible alone for 
the premium price, less $1.50 for the paper; we 
were sorry to disappoint them, but we frankly say 
that we have placed the Bible so low that we can- 
not afford to sell it without the paper. Then, too, 
we wish to introduce the Mbssenger, and we re- 
peat that the premium offer is low, as a price for 
the Bible alone. Take both paper and Bible, give 
the paper to some one te whom it will do good, 
and keep the Bible, if an extra copy is desired, 

Though we have not so stated, some have the 
idea that the offer stops with Jan. I, 1898. We 
desire the agents to push the work yet, for at least 
during January, and we shall be ready to meet the 
demands for both Bibles and back numbers of the 
Messenger, beginning with Jan. I. 

We thank all our agents and patrons for their 
assistance and patronage, and urge those who 
have not renewed their subscription to do so at 
once, and take advantage of the premium offer. 
Remember the offer is, that any one whose subscrip- 
tion is paid or who pays his subscription to Jan. 
I, i?99, at the rate of Si 50 per year, can have the 
Almanac free and a linen-lined cover Bible for 
Si 25; a leather-lined cover for Si 50, or leather- 
lined cover with marginal index for Si 00, prepaid 
at your nearest express office. See page 15. 



EVENINGS AT HOME. 

The home is the safeguard of the American 
people. It is the hope and promise of our future. 
To the extent that it can be kept pure and Chris- 
tian, will be insured the blessings that we now en- 
joy. There is no place where the evenings of fam- 
ilies can be spent so pleasantly and profitably as 
in the home. Around the fireside cluster the 
pith and sweet wine of the family, as they 
gather, after the day's work is done, and rehearse 
the individual experiences and happenings of the 
day, It is the place where every boy and girl 
should be after the fall of the evening shades. 

The association of the parents and children, — 
the aged, the young and the little ones, — form a 
most happy commingling of the elements that 
make life pleasing and interesting, and that tends 
to the highest development of true manhood and 
womanhood. On the home Christ placed his di- 
vine sanction in the first official act of his living 
ministry, when he attended the wedding feast at 
Cana of Galilee, He did that which was to add 
sunshine to the occasion, and thus set his seal of 
sanction, not only on the home-life of the people, 
but also on the institution that makes homes a 
possibility, — not the wine that inflames the brain, 
prostitutes the mind and staggers the body, but 
the pure juice of the grapes, as it drips from the 
vat in its natural sweetness, to give strength and 
vigor to body and soul. 

As sin entered and developed the life of the 
world, the home-life was darkened, disordered and 
destroyed. The Master came as the great restor- 
er, and among the first things to be restored was 
the home-life, because on this foundation the 
Christ-life must be built. Rob the home of its 
attractions, and you rob the church of its build- 
ing material, you rob the world of its salt. 

Did you ever think of the home evenings over 
heart", 
;-> • ,-T.. 

urround the evening board with a loving 
stranger sitting at the head? It was the symbol, 
the embryo of the home that was to be on the 
other side, when the whole family is gathered 
home. 

How sweet must those evening meetings have 
been, how gladly this broken family, sisters two 
and brother one, looked forward to the close of 
day, when, from across the Mount of Olives, they 
could see their friend coming, who filled the chair 
and supplied the place of the father and mother 
who were no more in this home. 

Did you ever think why it was that the Christ 
spent his evenings in this home? Methinks it was 
first, because it was a home, — a place where kin- 
dred spirits were found. And, second, because he 
came into the world, not only to save sinners, but 
to be a father to the fatherless, — and that he might 
weep with the weeping, and pour into their hearts 
the oil of healing, and into their home the sunshine 
of consolation and hope. 

Do you spend your evenings at home, and if so, 
how? What God wants you to do, is to make it a 
place worthy of the name, — a place where you and 
yours can delight in being. Make it a place where 
the Master can come and tarry with you. 

We have homes, and we are supremely happy in 
the thought that there are homes where the Christ 
loves to be, anefwhere the inmates are made to feel, 
if not to say, as did the two disciples, while walk- 
ing with Jesus, " Did not our hearts burn within 
us while he talked with us by the way? " 

Ah, indeed, some of our sweetest memories yet 
cluster around the old fireside during the evenings 
at home, and they have been the safeguard of our 
lives,— the guiding star towards the better life. 

Parents, what are your evenings at home? How 
do you spend theml Where are your children, and 



TIHE GOSPEL nUIIIESSIEIN-GEIR,. 



I8 S S. 



what do you do for their entertainment and in 
Btruction? 

Do you make them so pleasant and entertaining 
that they have no desire for outdoors and away 
from home associations? This is possible. And 
tuere are such homes. 

But to have such homes means something. It 
may be some sacrifice. It may cost some labor and 
cost some money. But suppose it does? Can you 
sacrifice labor and spend money to a better pui- 
pose? To whom do you owe more care and love 
than your children? God has given them to you. 
They are your charge, and to educate and bring 
them up in the nurture of the Lord is an obliga- 
tion that the Lord has placed upon you. To do 
this you must make a home for them. Give them 
pleasant surroundings and associations. Open your 
sitting rroms. Have them comfortably warmed, 
especially for the long winter evenings. Have 
your table well supplied with carefully-selected 
books and good papers, and be sure and do not 
forget your church paper. Read it yourselves, and 
read parts ot it to your children, to get them in 
terested in the doings of the church. It will not 
be long, under such training, until they will seek 
after such reading. Encourage it, as well as help 
them in Iheir studies. Make them feel that you 
ate interested and they will catch the inspiration 
from you. Making money is not the tie that binds 
the family together and makes home happy. 

It is all right to teach children to be saving and 
economical, but let it be for a purpose. If the 
possession of money does not give home happi- 
ness, and through that give happiness to others, it 
is wasted because for this purpose the Lord gives 
to us. 

To do good in this world is our first and most 
binding duty, and as charity is to begin at home, 
there is the place to begin. If we succeed in get- 
ting the home full of it, from there it will shine out 
to others. Then, see that your homes- -— made 
tne warmest and sweetest spot on earth to your- 
self and your children, and, by so doing, you will 
not only have the pleasure of having them at 
home, but the associations will be such as will af 
ford pleasure and real enjoyment all around. Give 
your boys and girls a chance to make evenings at 
home a foretaste of the home beyond. Begin here 
what you want over there and you will not be dis- 
appointed. H. B B. 

QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 



Can a minister in the first degree go with the elders into a 
room when an election is being held for a minister or for dea- 
cons ?-K M. S. 

When elders invite young ministers to sit with 
them on such occasions, it is their privilege to do 
so, and we rather urge that this privilege be ac- 
corded by the elders to young ministers, as much 
as possible, in order that they may become familiar 
with our methods of conducting church elections. 

Can it be proven by the Scriptures that a woman's prayers 
will not he heard or answered by God with any other covering 
on her head than the plain cap that the church has adopt- 
ed?— .4. R. ' 

Tne Scriptures do not specify the kind of cover- 
ing to be worn by sisters while praying and prophe- 
sying, unless it be embodied in the term veil, for 
that is the word used by the apostle in the original 
and it is so rendered in the Revised Version, and is 
thus employed by Bro. Teeter in his Commentary. 
See his careful comments on the eleventh chapter 
of First Corinthians. However, since the cap, rec- 
ommended by the Brethren, is generally conceded 
to be the most appropriate covering in this country, 
for the use of women during prayer, prophesying 
and worship, we urge that our sisters be contented 
with it, and use it as the occasions demand. 



Is it right for 
Lord's Prayer wl 



-L. P. 



i change 



Certainly not. It is on record just as the Lord 
intended his people to use it. Some ancient manu- 
scripts, however, differ regarding the exact word- 
ing of the Lord's Prayer. The Revised Version 
omits the latter part, " For thine is the kingdom," 
etc., but the Syriac retains it. In the first clause the 
Syriac has, " Our Father who art in heaven," in- 
stead of, "Our Father which art in heaven." 
"Who" is the better rendering, and is the only 
change justifiable, or really excusable. 

Has a local church the right to receive, from other denom- 
inations, persons who have been baptized by trine immersion? 
Has the Annual Meeting ever made a decision on the ques- 
tion?-/. /.. 

Our Conference has decided that we cannot rec- 
ognize trine immersion, or any other form of bap- 
tism, administered by other than our own duly- 
authorized ministers or administrators. Hence a 
church is not permitted to receive from other de- 
nominations, on their baptism, those who have been 
bapti7ed by trine immersion. They must be bap- 
tized again. 

Explain what Paul meanl when he said, "Let no man be. 
guile you of your reward in a voluntary humility," etc. Col 
2: 18— R. T. V. 

By " voluntary humility " is probably meant pre- 
tended humility, or that humility put on for the occa- 
sion. Such pretenders may even teach the people 
to worship angels, and do other things of like char 
acter, and at the same time pretend to be very hum 
ble. Paul teaches that we should not permit such 
deceivers to rob us of the reward promised to the 
faithful. To day the world is full of these pretend- 
ers, and we must strive to avoid them, or else they 
will lead us away from the true doctrine, and cause 
us to lose our promised reward. 



"Eternal" means without end, and in this in- 
stance refers to the destiny of the wicked, as set 
1— tt. In M-tt ■>:• •- — -> -,<: 

If Ihe devil never was an angel of light, where did he orig- 
inate? Who made him?—//'. A. Pops. 

We would not like to say that he was not at one 
time an angel of light. In Isa. 14: 12 he is said to 
have fallen from heaven. This is confirmed by Je- 
sus in Luke 10: 18, where he says (we quote from 
the Syriac): "I saw Satan fall, like lightning from 
heaven." His fall must have been a wonderful 
sight. His origin was probably the same as the 
other angels, but when he rebelled and made a 
devil of himself, he was cast out of heaven, and Je- 
sus told his disciples that he saw him fall. 

:ternal punishment? 



Matt. 25: 41 is clear on this point. It reads: 
" Depart from me, ye cursed, into eternal fire which 
is prepared for the devil and his angels." See 
Revised Version. In the Common Version it reads 
" everlasting fire." In verse 46 we have this ren- 
dering: " And these (the wicked) shall go away into 
everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life 
eternal." In the Greek it reads "eternal" in both 
instances, and it is so rendered in the Revised Ver- 
sion, "And these shall go away into eternal pun- 
ishment: but the righteous into eternal life." 
Was John's baptism Christian, or not?—/. L. 
It was the baptism received by Jesus and his 
apostles. And since the apostles were members 
of the Christian church, and Jesus the head, we 
cannot conceive how the baptism they received 
could be anything else than Christian baptism. 
Furthermore, John's baptism carr.e from heaven, 
on purpose for the use of the Christian church 
(Luke 20: 4), and the Lord would certainly not 
send to earth a baptism that was not a Christian 
)f , he institution. Most assuredly was John's baptism 
j Christian baptism. j_ H- u 



—** HOME 4 AND * FAMILY *~~ 



SONd FOR THE NEW YEAR. 

The last low dirge o'er Ihs buried year 
Floats off in Ihe starlesss night; 

The cock-crow heralds the day-dawn keen 
With gem-crusted bills of white; 

The worn-out chorus the fi;sh a : r thrills. 



Fcr, 



is their late 



A dash of life tints their melody. 

A rythmic of glad hopes blent. 
The windy moors, in a placid mood, 

Consent to the sun's caress; 
The shetted brook and the clear blue bay, 

Are marked with the time's impress; 
The new year's born! and along the scale 

Young hearts ring a jubilee 
In tune with winds and their snow-freight pure, 

And kisses of cloud and sea- 
Forget now troubles that had no name, 

And cease from your fret and haste; 
The runes of rature have en; refrain,— 

Strike chord with harps of sweet-tempered stiing 

That soand thro' the sky's blue wa'l; 
Lay close your ear to the world's grjat heart, 

And sing as its needs may call- 

— Poems of a Decade. 

A HAPPY MORNING, 
BY J. S. FLORY. 

Glorious morn of the new year! The light is 
dawning in the east, and many happy voices are 
ringing out a merry cheer of welcome, Happy, 
happy New Year for many hearts. A new era of 
time has been ushered in, new possibilities are in 
store for many. The old year has gone with all 
its events. "Dead, yet it speaketh. ' Sorrows 
have left their scars, bereavements have come and 
left, here and there, a vacant chair. Heart-chords 
have been burst asunder, friends have proven false, 
hopes have been bbsted, air-castles have toppled to 
the ground, proud ambition has b en humbled, and 
the vota-"=> it.». f laid in the dust, Indeed,, all is. : 
vanity! Human aspirations prove, in the end, but 
vexations of spirit. Neglected opportunities pass 
with the tread of time, — yes, they, too, are gone, 
never, nevermore to return. Eternity will bring to 
view the reaping ground. Having failed to take 
time by the forelock,— having listened too san- 
guinely to the Tempter's voice, and knowing that 
procrastination impoverishes the soul, we should 
seriously and remorsefully consider, "What shall 
the harvest be." 

The new year, the new light is bursting upon 
the world. The grand orb of day is throwing out 
its beams of grandeur to clasp the morning in its 
embrace, and set the seal of a burning kiss on all 
inanimate nature, thus consecrating and sancti- 
fying the new epoch in time's march. On the 
scroll of the new year, the recording angel of time 
begins to write eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, 
and will so continue for three hundred and sixty- 
Eve days, until its round is run,— giving, during 
this period, to mortals new light, new time, new 
days, new opportunities and new vigor the race 
to run. 

May we now, in the dawning of the new light, 

in the face of the rising of a brilliant sun, renew 
our covenant with the Brotherhood of man,— be 
more charitable, more forgiving and kind, that the 
response maybe an effervescence of joy and peace 
in our own breasts, and bring about a kinder feel- 
ing in the hearts of others, 

If, dear reader, you are yet treading on danger- 
ous ground, take warning from the many, who, 
during the past year, have been cut down in the 
very midst of hopeful expectancy. The vision of 
long life was a snare and a delusion. They are 
gone, but to you. God has been more merciful. 
Life and bright prospects may energize you to 
reach out for possibilities within the grasp of hu- 
~~n attainments, but remember that there lurks " 
within the realm of man's earthly pilgrimage, a 
possibility of death at any moment, ending all, so 
far as this life is concerned. Therefore, be ye 



u 



TIHIIE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



ready for every possible emergency. In all your 
getting, neglect not the getting of that wisdom 
that leads to a higher, a nobler and a better life 
than this earth affords. Let this year be the gold- 
en era of your life, — the year in which you were 
"born again," — born a ''child of a King," and an 
heir to the royal wealth of heaven. 

Children of God, may the ever-moving chariot of 
time, with its jostlings in life's road, keep us awake 
to the realities of our privileges and duties! With- 
out effort we may be carried along with the surg- 
ing crowd, or go down the declivities of a world 
lying in wickedness, but it does take fffjrt to push 
against the tide, — to arise above the howling 
throng and get beyond the drawings of the great 
whirlpool of Satanic, worldly influence. The sun 
is going up that the earth beneath may be lighted. 
So the people of God should get into an exalted 
position that their light might shine down and 
around upon the dark, sinful world. The electric 
light is of but little use if on a level with the earth. 
The higher it is lifted up, the greater the benefit. 
We must be lifted up above the elements of things 
earthly if we would be a power for good. The 
serpent on the pole was lifted up. Christ was lift 
ed up that he might be indeed a light to the world 
and draw all men to him. Strange as it may seem, 
a coming down is the first essential to a going up 
He that humbleth himself shall be exalted, We 
stoop to find the 6rst round of the ladder; then it 
is a looking up, and a going up to a higher plane 
of life, — up to where all is light and life. 

God help us all that v/e may say with the old 
year gone, "So may old Adam from us depart," 
and, as the new year moves on, so may new life 
come to us! 

" Ring out the old shapes of foul disease, 
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; 
Ring out the thousand wars of old, 
Ring in the thousand years of p:ace." 
Chicago, 111. 

"SINGING TO TflE LORD.'*— Col. 3: "Tufc- s 



" Father, in the morning, 
Unto thee I'll pray: 
Let thy loving-kindness 
Keep me through this day. 

CHOHUS. 
" I will pray ; I will pray : 
Ever will 1 pray. 
'Morning, noon, and evening,' 
Unto ihee I'll pray. 
"At the busy noon-tide, 

Pressed with work and care, — 
Then I'll wait with Jesus 
Till he hear my prayer. 
" When the shades of evening 
. Chase away the light, 
Father, then I'll pray thee, 
•Bless thy child tonight,' 
" Thus in life's glad mnrning 
And its bright noon-day, 
In the shadowy evening, 
Unto ihee I'll pray." 

" Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me 
In the morning, fresh and bright: 
Let thy spirit dwelling in me. 
Keep me walking in the light. 

CHORUS, 

"Keep me walking in the light. 
Keep me walking in the l'ght. 
Keep me walking in the light 
Keep me walking in the beautiful light of God, 
" Let my tongue be kept from speaking 
Words of envy, wrath or guile, 
Let ray heart be kept from feeling 
Aught bat what becomes thy child. 
" Let my feet be kept from straying 
Into sin of any kind, 
Lead me not into temptation, 
All this day, Lord, keep me thine," 
* * * 
" I need thee every hour, 
Most gracious Lord, 
No tender voice like thine, 
Can peace afford. 



" I need thee, O I need thee, 
E^ery hour I need thee, 
O! bless me now my Savior, 



j the. 






1 1 need thee every hour, 

Stay thou near by; 
Temptations lose their power 
When thou art nigh. 
" 1 need thee every hour 
In joy or pain; 
Come quickly and abide, 
Or life is vain. 
" I need thee every hour: 
Teach me thy will 
Aud thy rich promises 

In me fulfill. 
" I need thee every hour, 
Most Holy One; 
O make me tbine indeed, 
Thou blessed Son." 



" All the wav ray Savior leads me, 

Cheers each winding path I tread, 
Gives me grace for every trial, 

Feeds me with the living bread, 
Though my weary steps may falter 

And my soul athirst may be, 
Gusbiog from the Rock before me 

Lo! a spring of joy I see," 
" All the way my Savior leads me, 

Oh! what can I ask beside? 
Can I doubt bis tender mercy, 

Who through life has been my guide? 
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, 

Here by faith in him to dwell 
For 1 know whate'r befall me 

Jesus doeth all things well." 
" All the way my Savior leads me, 

OhI the fullness of his love 
Perfect rest to me is promised 

In my Father's house above, 
When my spirit clothed immortal 

Wings its flight to realms of day, 
This my song through endless ages 

Jesus hath done all things well." 
# # * 



"When every .day," was the quiet answer, 'it 
made me think less of this (laying a finger on the 
Bible), and nothing at all of that (pointing to the 
sunset), what else could I do? "— Sel'Cted. 



-•*«*■ CORRESPONDENCE *■«»- 



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WCliurdi NYussolu-ik-d lurlhis Pi-part merit If you have had n good 
mcelins. sciul a report of it. in that others may re joke with you. In writing, 
give name o( church, county and state. Be brief. Notes of Travel should bo 
a3 brief as possible. Land or other advertisements are not solicited lor this 
department. Our .i.kcitisiiu: columns alt. ml ample room for that purpose. 



heart to the Lord." "M^ke a joyful noise unto 
the Rock of our salvation," "Sing with the spirit 
and the understanding." I trust you have learned 
the spiritual joy and help and blessedness that come 
to every heart that obeys these commandments 

Not only when your life is filled with sunshine 
and the heart is full of joy, and the lips overflow in 
song, but also when the fountains of sorrow are 
are broken up and the heart is bleeding, and the 
soul is bewildered and overwhelmed,— even then 
may you 6nd a joy in sorrow and rejoice in the 
the Lord, for "surely he hath borne our sorrows 
and carried our griefs," and with you in the furnace 
of affliction there is one like unto the Son of God. 

Our Father's tender love has provided no great- 
er means of grace than the ministry of the Gos 
pel in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. 

When words fail, when the tongue falters, and 
the heart is dumb, and you know not what to pray, 
or your burden lies too deep for words, — then tune 
your heart to petition and praise by some of the 
inspired, the wonderful prayer-songs, Read again 
these morning hymns and learn to sing them to 
God. 

McPfurson, Kant. 



The Home Mission Board. 

At a recent meeting of the Home Mission 
Board of Northeastern Ohio, near Smithville, the 
Board realized that the District Meeting had placed 
considerable work upon them, and we endeavored 
to carry into effect the work assigned us. We 
are opening new mission points and contemplat- 
ing the establishing of others; also think of open- 
ing two mission schools. In order that we may 
be successful, the churches of the District should 
do their part. We need your prayers and we need 
some of the Lord's money that you have in your 
care, to carry on the Lord's work, 

In considering Sec. 4, setting forth the work 
and authority of the Home Mission Board, re- 
quiring each elder in charge to endeavor to estab- 
lish places of meeting (presumably at new places), 
the Board fears that many of the churches will 
be unable to establish new places of meeting on 
account of not having sufficient help in the min- 
istry. While we think great care should be taken 
in selecting ministers, still we feel there is slack- 
ness along this line. A number of young men 
should be called to the ministry, in the District, 
There U work enough in the District for all the 
present ministers, and all the young men that are 
qualified for the ministry. 

There are too many of our ministers that will 
attend Sunday schnol, and neglect preaching, 

be placed on others, and the minister should see 
to his work. Rom. 12: 7. 

We feel sure there is no better way to do mission 
work than for each church to push out and woik 
up her territory. There is too much settling down 
around the meetinghouse and expecting every- 
body to come there. The word "go," as given 
Matt. 2S: 19, is to be the watchword of the 
Home Mission Board, and should be for each local 
church. Tobias Hoover, 

Chatham, Ohio. 



JENNIE LIND. 



Thirty-seven years before her death, Jennie 
abandoned the operatic stage. The motive of 
the great renunciation was purely a spiritual one. 
Kvcrv appearance had been a dramatic triumph, 
and her pecuniary reward was large; yet she never 
regretted her decision. Her motive was made 

ear by the following narrative: 

Once an English friend found her sitting on the 
steps of a bathing-machine on the sand with a 
Lutheran Bible on her knee, looking out into the 
glory of a sunset that was shining over the waters. 

They talked, and the talk drew near to the in- 
evitable question: " O, Madame Goldschmidt, how 
was it that you ever came to abandon the stage, at 
the very height of your success f" , 



From Eglon, W. Va. 

Nov. 25 we assembled for Thanksgiving meet- 
ing and listened to an able discourse by brethren 
Aaron and Jonas Fike, after which an offering 
was made unto the Lord, which amounted to 
$24.27, half of which goes to the Home Mission 
and the other to the World-wide Mission. At 
night we again met for social meeting. 

Nov. 28 husband and I attended meeting in the 
Ryon Glades, Md. t and listened to 2 sermon by 
Bro. I. O. Thompson. 

Dec. 3 Bro. I. B. Ferguson, of Bills, Fa., came 
to this place. The same day we held our coun- 
cil. One was received by letter. Bro. Obed 
Hamstead and wife, and Bro. Albert Arnold and 
wife were forwarded to the second degree of the 
ministry. Sisters John A. Arnold and D, G. Judy 
were installed as helpmates into the office of 
their husbands, as minister and deacon, respectively. 
We made arrangements for our next Ministerial 
Meeting, which will be held at this place June 10 
and 11, 1S98. We also appointed two solicitors for 
the Washington meetinghouse. There was also a 
report Riven of our "ten cent" mission among the 
children, which amounted to $25.25. This amount 
is to go to the India and Smyrna orphans. Our 
visiting minister preached for us the same evening, 
and also on the following morning and night. He 
then went to Glade View church to begin a series 
of meetings, and continue for a week or two. 
Etc. 7, Rachel Weimeh Judy, 



the gospel messeng-eb. 



: from x out k CorFesponaenls. 

rsty soul, so Is good n 

PENNSYLVANIA. 

Ephrata — Bio. Win. Howe closed last evening a very in- 
teresting three weeks' meeting with nine applicants for bap- 
tism. They are all young people. The youngest is eleven 
years old.— David Kilhefncr, Dec. 17- 

Low«r Cumberland.— Eld. Edmund Book commenced a 
series of meetings at Boiling Springs Dec. 5, and continued 
until Dec. 17. The attendance and interest were good. One 
was received by baptism and two others applied for baptism 
during the meeting.— /rawy Bechwn, Dillsburg, Pa., Dec. 20, 
Rockton.-Our meetings commenced Nov. 27, and closed 
Dec. 9, conducted by Bro. Baraihouse. Although there were 
no accessions, we feel they were a succes'. Our council, Dec. 
11, was pleasant, AM business was attended to quietly. Our 
Distr ct Meeting will be held here May $.—Libbie HoUofeter, 
Dee 15. 

Falling Spring —Bro. Toseph A. Long, of York, Pa„ crm- 
me-ced a series of meetings in the Falling Spring church- 
house Dec. i, and preached thirteen sermons to large con- 
gregates. The meetings closed Dec. 12, with a crowded 
house. Two were baptized to-dav, arid four applicants are 
yet to come. More are counting the cost.— Jacob G. Zng, 
Chambersburg, Pa„ Dec. tS. 

Snake Spring.— Eld, J. M. Mohler, of Lewistown, came to 
us Nov. ->6, and preached each evening and Sunday mornings 
until Dec. 15 Two were added to the church by baptism. 
Dec. 15 the church met in special council. Bro, Wm. S. 
Ritrhey was ordained to the eldership and brethren Solomon 
Hershberger and Daniel Vanborn were advanced to the second 
degree of the ministry- — Geo. A. Snyder, Foreman, Bedford 
Co., Pa., Dec. 18. 
Perry County. —This is a new point for our peopli 



nd the 



' point for o 
doctrine. One year ago, a man who heard me preach at sn 
other place, where he happened to be, invited me to come ti 
Perry County, thirty-four miles away. I went, and, in coursi 
of time, baptized this man. Other meetings were held fion 



it her: 



ed. It 



point in charge rf Southern Pennsylvania,— Joseph .Inker, 
McAllisttrville, Pa., Dec. 14- 

Artemas.— Brethren J. B. Miller, of Woodbury, Pa, and 
Geo. S. Myers, of New Enterprise, Pa., began meetings at 
our Buck Valley house on the evening of Nov. 27, and con- 
tinued each evening and on Sundays until Sunday evening, 
Dec 12. The meetings closed with two additions by baptism 
and four applicants to be baptued. Besides the tegular 

preaching services, Bro. Miller conducted a shcrt song serv- 
ice, and Bro. Meyers held Bible Readings each evening. 
Th'e-e features added much to the interest of the meetings. 
—John Bennett, Dee. 14. 

Mingo.— On Thanksgiving evening Bro. Samuel Hertzler, 
of Ehzabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa , came to us and preached 
for us until Sunday evening, Dec. 5. Bro Hertzler is an en- 
tertaining sneaker, and does not fear to declare "the whole 
counsel of Cod." Three made the good confession, and we 
have reason to think that others were favorably impressed. 
On Sunday, Dec. 12, in the presence of a large body of spec- 
tators, the solemn ordinance of baptism was administered. 
Our council, Dec, 4, passed eff pleasantly. One dear sister 
was restored to fellowship.— J. C. Kopcnhaver, Royersford, 
Pa-, Dee. 13. 

Harrlsonville.— We commenced a series of meetings Nov. 
27, in the northern part of the Licking Creek congregation. 
With the exception of one brother and sister, there are no 
members within four and one-half miles of the place of meet- 
ing. Much of the time the weather was very nnfavorab'e yet, 
as the meetings continued, the interest increased. We spent 
the time visiting through the day, and preaching in the even- 
ing and closed Dec. 7, with good interest, and two applicants 
for baptism. We urged them to take the Mfssenaek, After 
reading it, they can band it to others, and thus do a great 
deal of mission work.— D. Victor Long, Dee. 18. 
Altoona.— The series of meetings here, conduclei by Bro. J. 



Tulpehocken.— We have just closed a very interesting and 
well-atteDded series of meetings, continued for two weeks, and 
conducted by Bro. Hiram Gihble, of Lancaster County. He 
preached, in all, sixteen sermons. Four came out on the 
Lord's side, and manv more were almost persuaded.— Ella V. 
Layser, Richland, Lebanon Co., Pa , Dec, //. 
OHIO. 
Eagle Creek.— Last Sa'urday our church convened in regu- 
lar quarterly council, Bro. D. D. Thomas presiding All 
business was pleasantly adjusted and, we hope, to the welfare of 
the church. Our series of meetings is to be held in January, by 
Bro Shroyer.— Charles A. Baffle, IVilliamstoion, Ohio, Dec. 21. 
North Star.— Our two weeks' series of meetings, conducted 
by Bro. George Mohler, of Boyd, Darke Co., Ohio, closed 
Der. 12, with a crowded house. The meetings were well at- 
tended, with good order. Four were baptized. On Saturday, 
Dec. 4, was the time for quarterly council. We had not 
much business. One trustee was elected in Bro. Hardiman's 
place. Missionary funds were also collected.— Emma GroJJ, 
Dec. 14. 

Price's Creek —Bro, David Replogle, of Rogersville, Hen- 
ry Co., Ind., commenced meetings here Nov. 10, and stayed 
till Dec. 13. He preached twenty one soul-cheerng se»m<^ns 
The attendance and attention were good. Dec. 3 we held a 
very pleasant council. Everything was pleasantly adjusted. 
B*o. David Replogle acted as foreman of the meeting, in the 
absence of our elder, Tobias Ktider.— George H, Retry, West 
Sonora, Preble Co., Ohio, Dec. 19. 

Auglaize Chapel —Oct. 17 Bro. Pe:ry McKimmey began a 
seiies cf meetings at Noilh Creek, and preached thirteen ser- 
mtns. The interest was good. Bro. Jacob Driver com- 
menced preaching Nov. 24, and continued until Dec. 8, 
preaching, in all, eighteen sermons. Four .young people were 
made willing 10 put on Christ in Christian baptism. Four 
were restored lo the fold, making nine in all since my last re- 
port.— Emma Prowant, Continental, Ohio, Dec, 16. 

Logan.-Eld. Daniel Wysong, of Nappanee, Ind. ( came to 
us Dec. 4 and continued meetings until the evening of Dec, 19. 
preaching twenty-one sermons. As is often the case it seems 
the meeting closed too soon. A splendid interest was manifest 
to the last. Three united with the church. The Almanac and 
Eook Catalogue have been received. To us it is the best Al- 
manac ever issued by the Brethien, and the Bcok Catalogue 
shoashow our Biethren appreciate go^d reading. — John P. 
Snyder, Bellrfontaine, Ohio, Dec. 21. 

Sugar Creek — On the cveaing of Nov. 22, Sister Cora Mil- 
ler began a ringing school at the Peasant View church, 
which continued each night for two we>ks, to tte satisfac- 
tion of all in attendance. Thanksgiving Day we held our us- 
v.Wfc^Hw:- ' 7?r-zn f r Z**y*. -'----->- - s *--. '■ =' 

ual services at the Sugar Creek church. After an able dis- 
course, a collection was taken for the purpose cf aiding the 
Smyrna and India Orphanages, which resulted in rasing £25, 
Dec. 11 was our regular quarterly council. One dear sister 
was restored to fellowship, and her husband received by bap- 
tism. — David By erly, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 18. 

Donnel s Creek.— Last Saturday was our regular council. 
A good feeling seemed to prevail. We were glad to welcome 
Bro. Joseph Barnbar 1 , a minister in the second degree, to our 
number. He has lately moved here from Kansas. As the 
time of our Thanksgiving meeting was taken up by a funeral 
service, we had a collection on the next Sunday aad nearly ten 
dollars was donated for the spread of the Gaspel. I am now 
with the Palestine church, Ohio, and have had six meetings, 
with a very gold interest and attendance. Dec. 24 1 expect to 
bring wife and daughter home from Cincinnati, where they 
have spent four months.— He nry Frantz, Forgy, Ohio, Dec. 2). 
Mttamora.— In Gladwin County, Mich, there are eleven 
members in an isola'.ed place. They had not heard one of 



Bean Settlement.— A love feast was held in this church 
Nov. 13. Ministers present were B. W. Smiih, Jchn K. Ba- 
d the writer. By special request, we 
5 until Nov. 22, Four were added to 
0, and others were almost persuaded. 
1 have his residence in the above con- 
id should be addressed at Rock Oak, 
- D. B. Arnold, Burlington, W. Va., 



ker, Arthur Arnold ; 
continued the meetin 
the church by bapti 
Bro. John K. Baker w 
gregation for awhile 
Hardy Co, W. Va. 
Dec, /;. 
Dawson.- 



Bro. A. B. Duncan, of Oak Hill, cc 
series of meetings at the Dougher schoolhouss 
Sulphur SpriDgs) Nov. 14, which continued for 



Blue 



fellowship. Then 



: moved the 
church, near Dawscn, 
Two ycung persons wei 
/e had able preaching ; 



ind one was restored 
teetings to the Mead- 
hire they continued 
buried with Christ in 
pleasant meetings, 



Nov. 13, and closed 
s the most successful 
e city. Forty five per- 
70 were baptized and 
hat out of the number 
members of our Sun- 
f the work of the Sun- 






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C. Johnston, of Uniontown, Pa., beg; 
Dec 13, lasting one month. This w 
meeiing our church ever held here in t 
sons united with the church. Forty- 
three reclaimed. We are glad to sa> 
added to the church twenty-seven wei 
day school- This is another evidence 
day school. Our Sunday school is still keeping up its aver- 
age attendance of from 190 to 2~o members, and now we feel 
to go to work with more z?al than ever,— M, P. Brumbaugh, 
Dec. XJ. 

Spring drove.— We met in quarterly council Dec. 18. On 
account of imperial business, elders B. Z. Eby, John Grabill, 
Israel Wenger and H. E. Light were called in. Bro. H. E. 
Light presidme, the church decided to hold an election for a 
minister and two deacons. The lot for minister fell on the 
writer, and for deacon on brethren J. G. Martin and John 
Buffamyre. All the above, with their wives, were duly in- 
stalled. Bro. R. S Reidenba<:h was ordained to the elder- 
ship. The official board now consists of three ministers and 
three deacons, We expect to begin a series of meetings at 
the Spring Grove house sometime in February. Bro. Geo. 
S. Rairigh, from Denton, Md., is to do the preaching —5. W. 
Taylor, Dec. 20, 



tt had a sister living in another isolated 
preached in another schoolhouse one week. 
lesed with two applicants for baptism, and one re- 
claimed. We then went to Missiukee County, near McClure. 
Hers wj also have a little band of Brethren. We preached 






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Pine Grove. 

Dec. 18, with 
erable busines 
by Bro. I, O, 
Henry Sines.- 
Dec. 21. 

Eglon.-De 



:turned home. — Wm, McKimmey, Dec 

WEST VIRQ1N1A. 

-Our quarterly council cenvened on Saturday, 
Bro. Thomas Digman, as moderator, Consid- 
1 was transacted. We had preaching at night 

Thompson, and on Sunday morning by Bro. 

Samuel M. Wilhelm, Pleasant Hill, W. Va , 



night, and twice 
five added lo ih 
; here as a Strang- 



Fergumn, of Pennsylv; 
ae Glade View church, 1 

on Sunday, up to the 

: fold by baptism. Our 

t he left many 



nd preached 
14th. There 
dear brother 
friends. He 



s not afraid to handle the pure Word of God.— Rachel Wei- 
tier Judy, Dec 20, 

Smith's Creek —We have just enjoyed a series cf meet- 
ngs by Bro. J. M. Kagey and P. S. Thomas, assisted by breth- 
ren Simmers and Miller, all of Rockingham County, Va„ 
1 commencing on the evenirg cf Dec. 7, The meetings closed 
. two days later. In our isolated mountain home we are glad 
I to have frequent calls from our ministering brethren — Geo. \ 
I W, Grady, Pendleton County, W. Va., Dec, 18. ' 



baptism. 

with large congregations.—^. M. Frantz, Dec. 13, 

Amboy — Bro. Obed Ham stead and the writer began a se- 
ries of meetings near the abive place in the Fraley school- 
house Dec. 5, and continued until the evening of the nth. 
Although we cannot report any additions, we think there was 
some good done, and some promised to come before long, 
We have six members at this place, and preaching every first 
and third Sunday of the month. Our work is to scatter the 
seed and God giveth the increase, Of course, we all like lo 
come biirgiog in the sheaves.— Emra T. Fike, Eg/on, W. Va., 
Dec. 14. 

Pine Creek.-Nov. 13,'Bro, Tobias S. Fike, of Brookside, 
W. Va., commenced a series of meetings at the Pine church. 
He preached each evening or.til the 17th, when he was taken 
sick, and Bm. G, S. Arnold, of Burlington, W. Va„ came and 
assisted in the work. Nov. 27 Bro. Fike was able to aga'n 
take up the work, although not in good health. He then 
started for home Nov. 22. There were no accessions, but 
the church was greatly revived and built up. Dec. r the 
writer commenced a series of meetings, assisted by the home 
brethren, at the Bethel church, a point in the Pine Creek 
congregation, and continued until the 12th, when we" closed 
with large congreeations and good interest.—^. IV. Arnold, 
Purgittsville, W. Va , Nov. 13. 

Dry Run Church.— Nov. 11 I met with God's people oh 
Middle Mountain. We had one meeting Nov. 12. I was with 
thecburchon Alleghany Mountain, in Pocahontas County. I 
expected to meet Bro. Beverage here, but he did not ccme. 
I preached twice ou Sunday to a large congregation. Many 
come back and preach for them. I would go 
remain awhile, but my work is too great and my means 
^S5ferw*DVtroi3 my family Vo much. Afler my return 
Beverage and I started Nov, "jz, f cm ^EuuiAbfhi 
County. We preacaed at the Osceola schcolhouse in the fore- 
noon, after which two dear souls were buried in bap'ism. We 
then rode twelve miles and preached at 7 P. M., the same day. 
Next day we went to the Dry Run church, and then re- 
turned home. Friday, Nov. 26, I started for Smith's Creek, 
near Franklin, Pendleton Connty. I reached at that point; 
then returned home. The people asked for m^re preaching, 
I regret very much that I cannot go and preach for them. I 
have many calls for preaching.— Allen Calhoun, Dec 7, 
INDIANA. 
Somerset.— Our council met Dec. 18, Elders D P. Shively 
and Noah Crumriue were with us. Our presiding elder, S. S. 
Ulery, not being present, Eld. D. P. Shively acted in that ca- 
pacity. All business was disposed of in a spirit of love.— Jos. 
P. Winger, Dec. 21. 

Walnut Level.— Bro. B. F. Hrneyraan, from Center, Oh'o, 
came to us on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, and stayed till Mon- 
day evening. He preached four sermons. Two were bur ed 
with Chris* in baptism, and others were almost persuaded.— 
Malinda S. Studebaker, Reiffsburg, Bid., Dec. 7. 

Union City.— We held our quarterly council Dec. 18. S'x 
were received by letter, and one 1 -Iter was granted. The de- 
pendent were also provided for. We were disappointed in 
securing a teacher for a Bihle school durirg the Holidays, so 
ariangeroents were perfected ftr prearbing services by home 
talent, to take the place of the Bible school. — Esta Simmons, 
Dec. so. 

Mlsslssinewa.— Our Bible School opened Dec. 7 and con- 
tinued until to day, Dec 17. I feel it will be long remembered 
by all who attended. Ninety-two took part in the work and 
we bad a large number of visitors From the beginning to the 
close, the school continued to grow in interest. We believe 
every one who attended fee's greatly benefited. The school 
was conducted by Bro. Edson Ulery, of North Manchester, Ind , 
and Bro. Jacob Rarick, of this place. During the school one 
dear sister, who had wandered away from the church, was re- 
ceived back into the fold.—/. JV. Miller, Stockport, Lnd ', 
Dec 17. 

Muncle.— We organized a Sunday school here the second 
Sunday. The interest taken at the first was encouraging. All 
officers and teachers are members of the church, We will 
use the Brethren's Sunday school supplies, and the Sunday 
School Song Book. The interest at onr meetings is incieas- 
ing. One sister was reclaimed since our last report, We now 
have forty members living in the city. We can see no rea- 
sons why there should tot be a strong church of the Breth- 
ren built up in this city. We will hold a series of meetings 
here, beginning sometime in January, We hope to have the 
tance of the adjoining churches.— Geo. L. Studebaker, 
East Adams Street, Dec. 17. 



Jan. I, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSE1TQEE.. 



Elkhart— This church Ins preaching every Sunday at 10. 
30 A. M., and 7 P. M.; Sunday school at 9: 15 A. M. We have 
our prayer meeting on Tuesday evening. Brethren, who trav- 
el through Elkhart, are invited to stop over Lord's Dav and 
attend these services, There is much to do here. — J. H, 
Miller, Dec. ig- 



Willis.— Brethi 
Valley congregation, co 
Mt. Normal Hall, Dec 



VIRGINIA. 

Noah and Wyatt Reed, of the Pleasant 






of 



the 



which lasted til the 19th. Tw 
young s : sters were received into the clnrcb by baptism. Or 
old brother asked to be restored. Brethren George and Roll 
Weddle, ot Dun'ap, Kans , preached one night, during the 
lime, after wh ch tbey went to other fields— S. P. Hylton, 
Dec. iO. 

Hampton.— Dec. 5 Bro. Levi S. Mohler commenced a se- 
ries of meetings at the Brick meetinghouse, Hampton. He 
gave us eleven very instructive sermons. These meetings 
closed on the evening of Dec 12, somewhat unexpectedly, as 
oor brother was called home on account of affliction in his 
family. Our meetings steadily grew in interest, the house 
becoming filled with more than its seating capac'.ty. Among 
the enjoyable features were the daily visits. I can report but 
one applicant for baptism.— Samuel B. Miller, Dec. 16, 

King William County. -Dec. 4 we held our feast at the 
tome of the writer. Sixteen of the Master's children were 
permitted to partake, Our visiting mini'trrs were P. H. 
Eeery, Fruitdale, Ala., Abram Conner, Manassas, Va„ W. 
E. Rcop, Westminster, Md. OwiDg to the unfavorable 
wenlisr, not so many fr'.ends were present; but those who 
came seemed impressed with oir apostolic manner of ob- 
serving the ordinances of his house. On Sunday our breth- 
ren preached f> a'tentive congregations in the Methodist 
church near here, at II A. M. and 7. P. M. On Monday and 
Tuesday nights services were held in the Old Colonial church, 
twelve miles from here, where some of the Brethren live.— 
B. F. Carbcr, f/jbla, Va , Dec, 21. 
IOWA. 
Batavia —1 am thus far on my way to Indiana. Those wish- 
ing to correspond with me, in regard to holding meetings, can 
address me at Anderson, lnd. t until further notice is given, as 
I will not return home to Cando, N. D., until April.— Joseph 
Holder, Dec. 2t. 

Elkhait.-Bro. H. R. Taylor, of Des Moines, came to us on 
the evening of Dec. 4, and preached until the nth, when Bro. 
Geo. Shambergcr continued the meetings until De; 19. We 
had good atttnianci and the best of interest. One came out 
and confessed Christ, and the members were greatly strength- 
ene 1 and built up.— Sara Goughnour, Dec. 21. 

-Greene —We recently closed an interesting Bible Normal, 
conducted by brethren W. H. Lichty and A. P. Blougb, of 
South Waterloo church, Iowa, commencing Dec. 6, and contin- 
uing for eleven days. They labored very earnestly, 2nd their 
good lessons shall nst soon be forgotten. The interest taken 
was very good. — A- Gertrude Eikcnberty, Dec. 21, 

Garrison.— We held oir quarterly council Dec. 18. We 
have chosen Bro. S. H. Miller, of Waterloo, lows, to be cur 
elder. On Stmc'ay, Dec. iq, at 1,0 A. M., the Sunday school 
children were addres?ed by Bro. StricMer, of Grundy Center. 
Afterwards Bro. S. H. Miller preached to a fall house of at- 
tentive listeners. Bro Hipes commenced a series of meetings 
at ths place Dec. 15, which still continue. Our Premium Bi- 
ble is just grand.— Lizzie R. Pugh, Dec. 20. 

Iowa Mission Points. — I commenced mcetirgs at Bluff 
Creek, Iowa, on the evening of Dec. 1, and preached fifteen 
sermon?, to well-filled houses. This is a comparatively new 
place and, by dil-'g'nt wo'k, we tbink that there can be a 
gcod work done for the Master. We were here presented 
with morey enough to purchase a new Bible. From here we 
went to the Fr;n'din church, in Decatur County, on gen- 
eral mission work. The members at this place bad the 
kindness to present us with a fur overcoat. Eld. Win, J. Stout 
resides at this place, and has charge of the work, assisted 
by Eld. L. M. Kob Eld. Stout 1; now past eighty-one years, 
yet his zeal is unabated. He has a great concern for the 
church. I am at this writing, in the South River church, try- 
ing to do what I can for the mis-ion work. — Abraham Wolf, 
Libsrtyville, Iowa, Dec, 21. 

NEBRASKA. 

Pleasant View. — Our missionary, Bro. Snowbarger, held 

a seius of meetings here at Turner. There was gcod 

interest, Every one £eetrs anxious to hear the Gospel Trutb. 

— L. M. Ellrod, Republican City, Ncbr,, Dec. 18. 

Golden Springs— We met in council Dec. II. Business was 
disposed of in a Christian-like manner. A committee was ap- 
pointed to visit erring members, and regain them. Our elder 
having tendered his resignation, Bro. ]. L. Snavely was chosen 
as his successor. Bro. A. J. Shook was elected agent for the 
Messenger. We decided to bo'd a prayer meeting every 
Wednesday evening.—/. E. Himler, Decatur, Nebr., Dec, at. 

Bethel.— Bro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, Nebr,, commencetl 
meetings here Dec. 5, and continued until Dec. 19. He 
preached fifteen discourses. Owing to tbe inclement weath- 
er, the attendance was not so large as it would have been 
otherwise. Three evenings were very profitably spent in Bi- 
ble study. Although there were no immediate accessions, the 
cause has been strengthened and tbe members encouraged.— 
Sue B, Flickinger, CarUlott, Nebr., Dec. 21, 



Weeping Water.— Bro. S M. F; iney c 
cresting series of meetings at t'lis place Dec. 4, and contin- 
ued uatil Dec. 16. The attendance and interest were gco^. 
Two were baptized and one applicant will b» baptiz-.d later. 
Others ate much impressed.— A. A. Keeftr, Dec. 20. 

ILLINOIS. 

Big Creek.— Bro. Granville Nevinger, of Beecher City, 111., 
came to tbhehurch Nov 27 and preached twenty-two sermons. 
He also beld one council. He closed on the night of Dec. 12 
with a large crowd. He had no addition?, but s"me are neai 
the kinedom.— /. M. Forney, Parkersburg, III., Dec. 20. 

Allison Prairie. — Bro. I. W. Brubaker, of Laplace, thi: 
State, commenced a series of meetings heie Nov. 27, whict 
closed Dec. 12, with good interest. D.c. $ he gave a talk t< 
the children. AUhrugh there we r; no accessions durirg th- 
meetings, the members wer<: grca'ly strengthened and en 
cou raged.— Nina Garber, Allison, III, /> c ij. 

Sterling. — Bro. John Harshbarger, of Jeffeisinvire, III 
closed a two weeks' seues cf me-tin^s here list even'it*. Th 
interest was exceptionally good throughout. We rcgrittei 



KANSAS. 

Fort Scott.— Dec. 18, at 7:3oP M., we met in quarterly coun- 
cil. Fid. J. H. Neher presiding. One young bother was re- 
ceived by letter, two young sisters were re*'ored to full fellow- 
hip, nnd eipht letters were granted. The donations from this 
church and Sunday school, for tV quarter, for World wide Mis- 
>ionf, amounted to §3.07. Our elder having been called to the 
mission field, to la w or for the Master at Palestine, Ark .resigned 
his charge of this church. Eld. W. B. Sells was chosen to 
succeed him. The writer was selected es Sunday school su- 
perintendent —J/ /:'. Tisdale.Dec.3l. 

Scott Valley.— We met in quarterly council Nov. 20. Bro. 
Mm Slcrfy was umnimously chosen as our tlder for another 
year. Bro. Cc3. Slaughter being sick called for the elders of 
t li - church, and was anointed. On Thanksgiving Day we had 
services and $2.50 was raised for tbe poor at home Bro. W. 



nit 1 |>:r 
id. Th. 



H Lea man c 
The church v 
srs. Per. iS. 



ie to us No 

; much built up and 



7, and preached until Dec. 12. 
,geA,—Afaggi* My 



ALABAMA. 



Quarterlies 
lesson; 

Taylc 



aded. One who had wandered 

eelings have been profitable. — P. R. Ke'tner, Dec 20 

Mt. Vernon.— This church met in q-iarlerly council Dec. 

i, with our elder, Henry Lilligh, prts'diog. A C( 

as selected to negotiate with tie C. & E. I. R. R. Co. 

chase from them the old meetingbouic. sold to tie Company 

by this church about two years ago IE successful, the com 

mittee is authorized to purchase a lot on which to move tbe 

building. We hope the dtal can be effected, as we are much 

in need of a churchhouse. Bro. Jacob Angle was chosen 

Messenger agent, and also selected clerk and treasurer for 

the church. Sister Martha Russell was re-el 'cted solicitor, ar.d 

the writer as correspondent to the Messenge \-A Z Angle, 

Dec' 20. 

MARYLAND. 

Beaverdam.— Nov. 27, Bro. Peter S. M Her, of Roanoke, 
Va„ commenced a series of meetings here, and preached 
twenty sermons. He closed his meetings Dec. 12, with one 
applicant for baptism. The meetings were well attended, 
especially the last one.— George K. Sappington, Joh\ ville, 
Md.,Dee.ij. 

Pipe Creek.— Nov. 28 we closed our Sunday school for the 

winter and reorganized a Bible class, which will meet at the 

church in the morning before preaching services, and at pii- 

the alternate Sunday. We use tbe Brethren's 

mr Bibleclass. Thus we do Dot lose any of ibe 

Our quarterly council was held Dec. 4- Bro. D R. 

;as with us. Bro. W. Philip Englar, was advanced to 

nd degree cf the ministry.— R> A. Pfouts, Limoood, 

,..-_. -• -•■... 

Md., Dec. 14. 

Monocacy.— Nov, 20 Bro. Charles Ausherman, of the Mid- 
dletown Valley church, commenced meetings here and la- 
bored faithfully until Nov. 28. The day before we held our 
first love feast at this point. Eighty-three members com 
muned, It was a very eopyable meeting, Bro. Daniel F, 
Stouffer, Solomon and E, W. Stoner and Char.'os Ausherman 
did tbe preaching. Our Brethren have been preaching at this 
place for over seventy-five years.— Samuel H'eybright, Double 
Pipe Creek, Carroll Co., Md, Dec. 15, 

OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 

Thorna?. — The Lord's work is being ble c sed here, notwith- 
standing the disadvantages, and tbe opposition of the evil. 
Nine precious souls have been received into fellowship. The 
burden of my heart, is, Who will hear tbe Word of God, and 
come, or go and take care of the lambs? I live 140 m-les from 
here. The numbers have cboren ire as elder to look after 
their spiritual interest Brethren, when you gather arouud the 
stand too thick to have room, at your comfortable h me church, 
think of the isolated!— A. IK Austin, Custer Cc, Okla., Dec. 15 

Paradise Prairie— We just closed an interesting series of 
meetings at this place, conducted by Bro'. Samuel Edgecomb. 
Quite an interest was manifested, although Ibe inclemency of 
the weather was much against the meetings. Our council was 
held Dec 11. All passed eff pleasantly. Two letters were 
granted. We decided to have a weekly prayer meeting; al o 
decided to make our Sonday school a Brethren school Tbe 
proper officers were elected. Our collection was $53.36, 
to be allo'ted as follows: Hrme Mission, $30.86; World-Wide 
Mission, $17.50; Smyrna, $2.50; Foreign, §2.50, $14.01 of the 
above amount was piidin on Thanksgiving Day, r.y tbe little 
folks of our Sunday School.— Kate Metzlcr, Clarkson, Okla 
T, Dec 16. 



Fruitdale.— After having remained north several weeks, on 
account of the sickness of my father, I returned to FruitrVc 
Dec. 8. in company with over fifty people, most of whom were 
brethren and their families, who are tocatingat Fruitdale and 
Citronelle. Our love-feast at Fruitdale was held on the even- 
ing of the 10th and was indeed an enjoyable occasion. We 
met in the Seminary Chapel, which comf >rtably acenmmo later! 
all who were n attendance. Eld. D. R.Richard, of Irgills, 
Ind., officiated, He has preached for us each night since the 
fea<itand is listened to by attentive and appreciative congrega- 

Sunday afternoon had been agreed upen as the time for "1 



Baptist r 



bet 



Ennis and a Missionary 
,'ter, to hive been held in the country, a few miles 
of Fruitdale. Bro. Ecnis was there at the appointed" 
hour, to defend trine immeision, end a crowd of people were 
but tbe champi-n of sin- 



immersion failed to appear. Child 

efoot and the weather is delightful— J 

CALIFORNIA. 



Colton.-Dsc. 5 I began a series of meetings and expect 
continue until Dec. 23, when the treihren and sisters will 
fellowship in love feast The attendance is good and the at- 
tention all that canK desired. Not a few have Bibles, pen- 
cils and memorandum books, to note the prcof texts on black- 
board. This latter is one of the best helps I ever lad, to 
bring Scripture forcibly before the mind. Thus far, in eight 
meetings, three hundred and seventy-four verars of Scripture 
have been que tea, read and noted en the blackbo-ard, ai;d by 
God's grace, several hundred more will be produced before 
that this people cannot say th 



Ihe 



the close of our servicf-s. so that this people c; 

light of God's Word has not been set before them. The au- 
dience consists of a few of our Brethren, while tbe remain- 
der are Adventists, Methodists and no- -professors. Prav God 
to K ive tbe increasel Bro. D. A, Nrrcross is expected to day, 
t j help us " war a good warfare."— M. M, Eshelman, Dec. 13 



COLORADO. 



Mountain View (Denv< 

held Dec. 4- Everything \ 



Moscow.— Br 
day preached t 
claimed, and on 



IDAHO. 

, Enorh Faw came 



. Dec. 



One 



ved by letter. During 1897 there were 
seven additions to ibe Mscow church, four hy baptism, two 
reclaimed and one by letter. Two more letters are to be 
danded in soon. We have Sunday school and social meet- 
ng each Sunday; also a weekly teachers' meeting and sing- 
ng class,-7aJ. Weimer, Dec, 13. 

MISSOURI. 
Greenwood. — This church is still moving along in the 
jreat work of our Blessed Lord Our prayer meetine is quite 
helpful to the members, Nov, 21 two young sisters came out 
on the Lord's side and were received into fellowship by bap- 10, and next d; 
tiim, on Thanksgiving Day,— J. J. Troxel, Cabool, Texas Co., . the meetings 
Mo., Dec. /j. ' 4r*-> Dee. fj. 



■). — Our quarterly council was 

is done quietly and satisfactorily. 

e next morniog and evenirg Bro. Edmund Forney, of Fo- 

111, preached for is, and it is nesdless to say that i» was 

ayed by all that were there, for we, of the Denver churcb, 

x not tbe blessings that most of ycu that are farther east, 

-e, for we have had but three nr four rermor.s ; ince the 

t of September. Last Sunday a young brother united with 

Ibe church, and we think that there are others tbat wou d jrlad- 

lv cast in their lot with ours if we bad regular services and 

tbe enccuragement tfcey sbould bave. Bro. L E Keitner, of 

Pearl City, III., has come to Co'ondo t rpend the winter for 

the benefit of his health, and will bold regular services while 

here if health will permit.— Bertha Buckwalter, Villa Park, 

Colo., Dec. 17. 

NORTH DAKOTA. 

York.— When tbe writer and nine members arrived at this 
place April 10, 1895, we lound on'y three memb rs living near 
York. I am happy to say that our number his increased 1065, 
Two of them were baptized here. We have three ministers,— 
one in the second degree, two in the first, and eighr deicors 
Tfcc bead of each family has taken a homestead of 160 acres 
of government land, and about all are living on their own land. 
We invite Brethren and their families to licate with us, as 
there is still some good government land here.— W. L. Britseh, 
Dec. 17. 

INDIAN TERRITORY. 

Sflpufpa.— Bro. N. S. Gripe, of Clarkson, Okla. T„ came to^ 
this pla'-e Nov. 21, to hold some meetings Although we bad 
mmediate results, we f»el much built up and encouraged, 
ie said tbat there was more true Gospel preached in those 
or twelve sermons than they had ever heard here before. 
t Sunday, at Baptist meetir g, I distributed about twenty 
doctrinal number.— Lottie Carver, Dec. 



ARKANSAS. 

immenced meetings in tbe 
d continued until Dec. 12 Du'ing 
nbers and had one council. We 
an. W* had a Comrour ion Dec. 
eting. Upon the whole, we think 
:ss, — Samuel Weimcr, Wyman % 



THE GOSPEL 1VCESSE3STC3-EE,. 



Jan- I, 1898. 



->^OUR x BOOK x TABLED- 

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t is intended for jnveoile classes, is well illus 
rated, and finely adapted to the cmprehen- 
ion of the young. It is publish-d by the 
;hristian Publishing Co, St L"uis, but may be 
irderrd from the Mbs=kn..eb office. 



FALLEN t ASLEEP 



■ Blessi 1 art 



...I wliiJl .1 



, I.un 



KELLER. In the Ephrala congregation 
near Stevens, Pa., Dec. 15. 1897. of neuralgia of 
the heart, Dro. Ellas D. Keller, aged 65 years, 
7 months ami 10 days, He leaves a wife and 
six children. Services by Kid. Vvenger, J. W. 
Schlosser, and E. B. Lefever. 

David Kilhefner. 
HUDSON —In the Camden church, Jay Co. 
Ind., July 5, 1^ Edwin Hudson, son of 
Joshua mid Mary Hudson, aged 68 years, 6 
months and 6 days. He was born Dec. 28, 
1828. Bro. Hudson was married to Sarah Ci- 
ger, daughter of John and Ruth Giger, Dec. S, 
1850, and lo this union were born eight ch 
dren,— seven sons and one daughter. Two of 
this number have gone before Bro. Hudson 
was a faithful member in the Brethren church 
for many years, and was chosen a 
about one vear ago. He leaves a devoted 
Christian wife and six children. Funeral by 
the writer, from 1 Cor. 15: 53. 

Samuel Younce. 
OAKS.— At the Kidder meetinghouse, Cald- 
well Co., Mo., Dec. o, 1897, Meredith Elmer 
Oaks, only child of friend David and Kizzie 
Oaks, aged I year, 4 months and 1 day. Servi- 
ces by the writer and Bro. John Sadler, from 
Mark io: 13-15. HENRY Etter. 

LANDIS.— In the Newton church, Miami 
Co., Ohio. April 5, 1S97, of dropsy and heart 
disease, Sister Susannah (nee Deeter) Landis, 
aged 64 years, 1 1 months and 7 days She was 
a daughter of Abram and Barbara Deeter, and 
was born near Newton, Ohio, April 29, 1832; 
was married to Daniel Landis in August, 1S50; 
was baptized by the Brethren in 1854. She 
was ihe mother of fourteen children, — four 

daughters preceded her to the spirit world. 
The remaining children are all members of the 
Brethren church. Her funeral was preached 
at the Sugar Grove church, by brethren Tobi- 
as Krcider and Isaac Frantz, from Rev. 14: 13, 
NISWONGER.— In the Ludlow church, 
OHo, Nov. 12, 1807, Sister Anna Pefly Niswon- 
ger, aged 58 years, 9 months and 20 days. She 
was born near Philippsburg, Ohio, Jan. 22, 
1830, and was married to David Niswonger, 
March 14, 1S57. To this union were born 
nine children, eight of whom survive. Her 
hu band, who so creditably filled the office of 
deacon, preceded her to the spirit world some 
years ago. Sister Niswonger lived a consist- 
ent and devoted member. She had been se- 
vere y aftlic.td for a number of years. Funer- 
al service b> our elders, Tobias Kreider and 
Jesse -tuisman. Levi Mixxich 



SMITH.— In the 
'iew congregation, 
rharlie E. Smith, so 
Imith, aged 1 year, 

SMITH.— In the 



li. 'Mills 



ihe Pleasant 
'ennessec, of diphthi 
of Bro. John and Mary 
months and 15 days, 
me conpregation, of the 
same disease, Nov. 6, 1807, Eva M. Smith, 
daughter of Bro. John and Mary Smith, aged 4 
years, 8 months and 27 days. 

DOVE.— In the same congregation, Oct. 3, 
1897, of diphtheria, Coy Dove, aged 3 years, 2 
months and 28 days. Coy was a grandson of 
Bro. W. S. Bacon Coy. 

BACON.— In the Pleasant View congrega- 
tion, Washington Co., Tenn., June 7, 1897, Bro. 
S, Bacon, aged 54 years, 7 months and 28 
days. He leaves a wife and six children. 



:allcd for the elder! 
nnted. 

Peter Miliei 



NEGLEY.-In the Back Creek church, 
Franklin Co., Pa., Dec. 8, 1897, Bro. David 
Ncglcv, aged nearly eighty years. Deceased 
1 stroke Dec. 5 i Services conducted by 
John Lehuer and the* writer, from 1 Thess. 4: 
. Interment at the Shank church, near 

HEGE.— In the Back Creek church, Frank- 
lin Co., Pa., Dec. 12, 1897, near Mercersburg, 
l'a., Bro. John Hege (deacon), aged 67 years, 7 
months and 4 days. Interment in Fulton 
County, Pa. Services by John Lehner and the 
writer, from 2 Tim. 4: 6, 7. 8. 

r- George Hege. 



CLAYTOR.-In Middle River congregation, 
Va., Dec. 7, 1897, of neuralgia of the heart. Sis- 
ter George A Claytor (maiden name Syrcle), 
aged 24 years, 9 months and 3 days. She was 
married Dec. 24, 1896, in the Pleasant Hill 
church, and in the same church, by the same 
brother, D. C. Flory, Dec. 7, 1897, her funeral 
was preached. She united with the Brethren 
church about twelve years ago, and has been a 
faithful worker ever since. Funeral text, Heb. 
9: 27, to a large concourse of sympathizing 
friends. S. F. SCROGHAM. 

RHODE.— At her home, in Moline, 111., Nov. 
15, 1897, Mrs. Anna B. Rhode, aged 86 years, 9 
months and 3 days. She was the widowed 
companion of George Rhode, who preceded 
her about twelve years ago. Mrs. Rhode was 
born in Chambersburg, Pa, Funeral services 
at her home in Moline. Interment at Shannon 



Ne 



Shi 1 



SNOKE.— In the Tippecanoe church, Kosci- 
usko Co., Ind.. Nov. 6, 1807, Mary Snoke, wife 
ofE.d Andrew Suoke, of the River Brethren 
church, aged 79 years, n months and 26 days. 



Funeral at the Oak Grove United Br 


ethren 


cnurch, from Psa. 17: 15, by the writer. 




DILLMAN.— At the same place N 


>v 24 


1807, Charles Gordon, son of Jackso 


and 


Cathem.e Dil man. aged 2 months and 2 


da>s. 


Funeral in the E. angelical ihurch, at 




\\ ebster, from Psa. 80: 47, by th, writer 




Daniel Rothenber 





PAUL.— In the Clover Creek church, Pa., 



Chri 



years. 3 months and 5 days. She was a consist- 
ent member of the church for many years. Fu- 
ne.al services conducted by Bio. A. li. Burget. 

McCRAW.-In the same church, Nov. o, 
189.7. Homer E. McGraw, infant son of friend 
Andrew and Sister Charlotte McGraw, aged 2 
year-, 9 months and 1 1 days. Funeral services 
conducted by Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh. 

J. G. Mock. 

STRICKLER.-ln the Eden Valley congrc- 
Sation, Scuard, Kans., Dec. 6, 1S97, Homer 
Andly, invalid sou of Ma.ccllus and Rebecca 
Smokier, aged t8 years, 8 months and 26 days. 
Prayer service at the house, conducted by the 
wr "er. Addiso.v Fryfogle. 



ZUCK.— In the Welsh Run congregation, Pa., 
Jov. 7, 1807, Bro Jacob Zuck, aged 75 years, 9 
iioutbs and 13 days. Bro. Zuck was a deacon, 
nd father of Jacob Zuck, deceased, founder of 
lie Huntingdon school. He leaves a wife, 
tiree sons and two daughters. Bro. Zuck was 
afflicted for a number of years. Burial at the 
Welsh Run graveyard. David Winger. 

ARNOLD.-At his home, near Brookville, 

n the Wolf Creek church, Montgomery Co., 

3hio, Nov. 18, 1897, Bro. Samuel Arnold, aged 

Jo years, 4 months and 24 days. He was 

born in Rockingham County, Virginia, June 24, 

S17. He died of paralysis, receiving a second 

stroke about ten hours before his death, after 

which he never spoke. Services from lohn 11 

H. Garber. 

RENIKER.-July 13, 1897, Sister Lucy Ren 

er, aged 66 years and 8 months. Sister Ren 

er lived within the bounds of the Spring Riv 

er church, but lived in Lawrence County, Mis 

souri, thirty-seven miles away. She had been 

a Baptist a number of years, but joined the 

Brethren ab"ut eight years ago, and lived 

faithful until death. She leaves a husband 

and a number of children, The husband and 

a few of the children are members. The fu- 

preached by the writer, Dec. 5, from 



14: 13. 



SHIVELY.-In the Spring River church, 
lasper Co., Mo., Nov. 19, 1897, Samuel Shively, 
rged 31 years, 9 months and 6 days. He was 
1 son of Bro. J. K. and Sister Shively, and an 
nvalid from childhood, could neither waJJt nor 
lalk. He was buried in the Brethren's grave- 
yard. Funeral services by Eld. F. Culp and 

e writer, from Heb. 9: 27. 

Christian Holdeman. 

ENGEL. — In the Lower Cumberland church. 
Pa., Dec 6, 1897 Jacob Calvin Engel, aged 16 
years, 10 months and 20 days. Services held 
n the Bethel church in Mount Pleasant, York 
Co., Pa., after which the body was taken to the 

o gamuth meetinghouse, and laid to rest in 

e cemetery. Services by the writer, from 
Eccl. 12: 1. 

BURGET.— In the Upper Conewago church, 
ar Bragtown, York Co, Pa., Dec. 7 , 1897, 
Sister Sarah Burget, aged 84 years and 3 days. 
Services held at the Wolgamuth meetinghouse, 
nd the body interred in the cemetery at that 
place. She leaves three sons and two daugh- 
Services conducted by the writer assist- 
ed by Bro. Herekiah Cook, from . Thess. 4: 14. 
Camel Landis. 
HORNER -In the Quemahoning church, 
Some.set Co., Pa, Dec. 6, 1897, Bro. David 
lomon Horner, aged 53 years. 9 months and 
d.iys. Funeral services by the writer and 
A. Hutchison (Lutheran). 



GLICK.-In the South Morrill church 
Brown Co., Kans., Dec. io, 1S97, of Bright'; 
Sister Flora Glick, wife of Bro. Absn- 
lorn Glick, aged 68 years, 2 months and 2C 
days. Funeral conducted by Bro. Peter Whit- 
mer. D. B. Stover. 

CLAPPER.— In the Woodbury church, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa., Oct. 30, 1897, Mary Elizabeth 
Clapper, daughter of Bro. Geo. and Sister Lu- 
cinda Clapper, aged 8 years and 4 months. 
Services by elders J K. Brown and J. B. Mil- 
r, from Mark 10: 13-16. J. C. Stayer. 

EBY.— In the Beaver Creek church, Mont- 
gomery Co., Ohio, Dec. 12, 1897, of bowel con- 
niption, Sister Elizabeth (Vaniman) Eby, 
fe of Bro. Noah J. Eby, aged 48 years, 9 
months and 18 days. A few days before her 
death she called for the elders and was anoint- 
She leaves husband, eight sons and three 
daughters. Interment in the Bear Creek cem- 
Funeral services from Rev 14: 12, 13, 
by Eld. John Smith and David Stutsman. 

Josiah Eby. 
PFOUTZ.— In the Marsh Creek congrega- 
tion, Adams Co., Pa., Nov. 19, 1S97, Sister Har- 
riet S. Pfoutz, wife of Bro. David Pfoutz, aged 
about 63 years. She was a consistent member 
of the Brethren church. She leaves a husband 
and tbree sons. The funeral services were 
Louauciea by tne writer, assisted by Bro. E. 
K. Eeatherman. J. V. W. Deardorff 



HOLLINGER.— In the Ab 
Dickinson Co., Kans., No 
Hollinger, aged 77 year 
passed away peaceably 
ise was complicated, 



church, 



HOLLINGER.— In the Harris Creek con- 
gregation, Darke Co., Ohio, Dec. 5, 1897, Re- 
becca Hollinger,;;^ Young, aged 71 years, I 
month and 27 days. She was born in Lancas- 
ter County, Pa. She came to Darke County 
with her parents, when a child. She united 
with the Brethren church about A. D. 1867. At 
the age of twenty-two she was married to Dan- 
iel Hollinger. She was the mother of ten chil- 
dren, seven of whom preceded her, leaving 
two sons and one daughter. She was only 
sick about thirty-six hours. She was anointed, 
and passed away peacefully about twelve 
hours afterwards. Funeral services by Eld. 
Kreider and the home ministers. Text, Luke 
8: 52. Mauga Baker. 

ULREY.— In the Eel River church, Kosci- 
sko Co., Ind., Dec. 7, 1S97, of heart disease, 
lister Susan Ulrey, aged 54 years, 1 1 months 
nd 27 days. She leaves six brothers and two 
isters. Father, mother, one brother and one 
istei preceded her to the world beyond. She 
was a sister of Eld. S. S. Ulrey, of the Ogan 
Creek church. She was born and raised on 
the old homestead, near where the new church 
now stands. She was unmarried. The day 
before she died she called for the elders of the 
church, and received the anointing. Funeral 
improved by the home ministers, from Rev. 
21:4- C. C. Arnold. 

HARTLEY.— In the Clear Creek church, 
Mo., Nov. 20, 1S97, of tjphoid fever. Sister Jen- 
nie Hartley, wife of Logan Hartley, aged 24 
years, 9 months and 5 days. She united with 
the church when >oung. On account of her 
husband she left the church, but, during her 
she was restored to fellowship, and 
i anointed. Funeral by the writer, 
from Job 14: 1, 2, 

LUSTER.— In the same congregation, Dec. 
1897, of heart failure. Sister Rebecca Luster, 
aged 64 years, 6 months and ig days. Three 
of her daughters preceded her to the spirit 
.•orld. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 
tiree daughters. She called for the elders of 
le church, and was anointed. Her remains 
-ere laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Fu- 
eral by the writer, from Rev. 14: 12, 13. 

Joseph Brubaker. 
MILLER.— In the Gre 



5,1897, Bro. Daniel 
nd 2 months. He 
9: 40 P. M. His 

'thing for 



inking water only, but 

had not fallen away much, and was never hun- 

lewas elected to the ministry about the 

year 1857. He was united in marriage to Leah 

Figely, Oct, 14, 1S42. She died June 9, 1866. 

To this union were born two sons and three 

daughters. One son and two daughters sur- 

him. March 19, 1S67, he was united in 

rage to Martha Kauffman. To this union 

born one daughter. Both mother and 

daughter survive him. Funeral by the Breth- 

n, in the Navarre church. 

John Hollinger. 

GRIPE.— In the North Fork church, Ind., 

ec. 6, 1S97, Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. 

iseph E. Gripe, aged 56 years, 3 months and 

23 days. Deceased was a devoted member of 



ll.e Breihren church. She le; 



nd and c 
Jacob Witmo 

am Amos 4: 

mctery. 

LONGANECKER, 
Co., Md., Nov. 30, 1S97, 

aged 54 years, 4 n 
She leaves a husband and 
days before her departu 



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ves anagedhus- 
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11 Blickenstaff, 
in the Pyrmont 

John Deal. 
Easton, Talbot 
;r Mary Longa- 
and 28 days 
children. A few 
le was anointed. 



nths 



inducted by brethren James 
Hutchison and Levi Brumbaugh. Interment 
the Fairview cemetery. 

Rachel A. Pfoutz. 
GLOCK.— In the Aughwick church, Hunting- 
>n County, Pa., Nov. 15, 1897, Sister Mary Ann 
lock, aged 69 years, 9 months and 4 days. 
ie was the second wife of our much esteemed 
brother and elder, John G. Glock, who, for 
nany years, was a faithful servant and elder 
n the above church. To this union were born 
three chjldre". One son is a deacon in the 
church, and the daughters are also members. 



BERKEY.-In the Shade congregation, Pa. 
Nov. 12, 1897, Catharine, wife of Eld. Joseph 
Berkey. aged 73 years, 6 months and 3 days. She died at her son-in-law's, away from her 

ERM.AN, [writer and J. E. \arver, Jas. R. Lane, 



: church, Va„ 
abeth Miller, widow of 
Eld. Jacob Miller, deceased, aged 79 years and 
9 months. Deceased has been failing for 
some time, having been paralyzed several 
years ago. She sent for the elders and was 
anointed a few weeks before she died. Funer- 
al services at the Amioch church, conducted 
by Eld. Geo. W. Wine, from Isa. 60: 19, 20, to 
a large and attentive audience. 

SITES.— At his home, in Grant County, W. 
Va., Sept. 20, 1897, of typhoid fever, Bro. Wm. 
I. Sites, aged 56 years, 10 months and 25 days. 
He leaves a widow and five children,— three 
daughters and two sons, all members of the 
church except the two sons. Two of the 
daughters were baptized in the morning before 
the funeral, which was held at the Bethel 
church, Oct. 26, 1897, by the wrter, from 
Philpp. 1: 21. Jacob A. Gakher. 



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->» EDITORIAL t MISCELL ANY^ 

f We have often heard of the willingness of somi 
men to steal the livery of heaven in which to serve 
the devil, their master, but we never saw a clearer 
illustration of the truth of the saying than that af- 
forded by a circular issued by an Omaha and Chi- 
cago liquor house. It shows how this class of men 
lay impious hands on holy things and prostitute 
them to further their nefarious business. There is 
a kind of Christmas salutation, containing, among 
other things these words, "Peace on earth, 'good 
whisky for alt men. No one shall suffer for the cup 
that cheers, while we can prevent it." How much 
more fitting and in harmony with the business rep- 
resented, if the quotation read, " Hell on earth, good 
whisky tor all men." If the proprietors of the 
liquor house in Chicago and Omaha will take a walk 
among the saloons and slums in either city they 
will 6nd how effectually their "good (?) whisky" 
destroys peace on earth, and how poverty, wretched- 
ness and woe follow swiftly in the wake of the cup 
that cheers, of which they would have all men par- 
take. Let them go to the drunkard's hovel and see 
their victim red with the blood of a murdered wife. 
Let them go to the alms-houses, jails and peniten- 
tiaries and count their victims by the thousands, and 
then let them issue a new circular, telling the truth 
as they find it. If this were done, still would men 
drink whisky and destroy both soul and body, so 
that the rich proprietors of whisky houses may live 
in luxury and sin while their poor victims go down 
to destruction in misery and woe. 



The situation in China is much the same as 
heretofore reported, save that it is denied that 
this government will take any p3rt in dismem- 
bering the Empire, should it come to that. Then 
it is urged that there is an understanding between 
England and Japan, and that they are rounding 
up a war fleet of considerable strength in case 
of emergency. Russia seems not ready to divide 
up China, France just now appears to be lit- 
tle concerned, Germany keeps quiet, but still 
holds on to the small territory which she has in 
her possession, while it is generally understood 
that England will consent to nothing in which 
she can have no hand. Of course this is all ru- 
mor, while the real situation is but little under- 
stood. China, however, is perplexed. Her re- 
sources are wonderful, but she has not developed 
them, and to day, with her millions upon mil- 
lions of population, she is weak, inefficient and 
without influence in the world. She has per- 
mitted other nations around her to advance in 
all that goes to make up strength, while she, 
in her exclusiveness, remains indifferent. Had 
China encouraged Christianity, civilization, ed- 
ucation and everything else tending to develop 
strength, she would to-day be one of the strong- 
est empires on the globe. But she has permitted 
the centuries to go by unimproved and must 
now simply submit to whatever a few of the 
leading governments may see proper to dictate. 



even kilted the agents sent to make known 
the terms of peace. Spain has also tried to bribe 
some of the leaders, but without success. Then 
the tide of war appears to be going rather against 
the Spaniard?, or at least they aie making no prog- 
ress. If independence is not granted to the Is- 
land, then the cruel strife must continue, or the 
United States must interfere in the interest of 
peace and common humanity. 



Our government did an irgenious piece of 
legislation a few days ago. For years she has 
been conferring with England and Canada in 
regard to putting a stop to the indiscriminate 
methods of seal catching in the Behring Sea, and 
other waters of the Northwest, which threatened 
the destruction of the entire seal family. Canada 
would not yield to any wise protection arrange- 
ments, England sided with her, and so that ended 
that part of the diplomatic undertaking. Then, 
to cut the Gordian knot, our government has sim- ^ 
ply prohibited the importation into this country,^'!, 
through Canada or otherwise, the class of scal-£ » 
skins procured in violation of the protective C g 
methods urged and agreed upon by the United B 
States, Russia and Japan, Since the United y. < 
States is the leading sealskin market of the * 
world, the indisctiminating seal catchers must 
either stop the business or And a new market for 



their goods. This is another way of righting 
Here is a striking example showing Ihe lack | the wrong. It is commencing at the other end 

of wisdom. Ant. waile this is true,"as"it' applies 1 and cutting off 'the 'demand, so as "to Su awly" 
to an earthly government, may it not be well with the supply. What if our government would 
for us to consider whether we, as a people, have prohibit the selling of any intoxicants in this 
not neglected our duty in developing the Breth- | country? Would that not settle the supply busi- 
ness? There is such a thing as commencing at 
the other end of an evil in order to get rid of it. 



With 



ren church as it should have been done, 
us lost opportunities have gone by, and we are 
far from being what the Lord intended. True, 
we have made wonderful strides during the last 
fifteen years, but these should have been made 
one hundred years ago. But since we have 
started let us not relax our efforts, but let us 
persevere until we reach the front in everything 
that pertains to true Christian development. 



In one respect the condition in Cuba is growing 
rather worse, than better. Here, within less than 
two hundred miles of our shores, people are starv- 
ing to death by the hundreds. Families that 
were rich a few years ago are now in destitute 
circumstances. Women accustomed to all the 
comforts, pertaining to wealth and pleasant sur- 
roundings, are begging for the bread that keeps 
soul and body together, People die in the streets, 
along the roadside, and in out-of the way build- 
ngs, just for the want of a morsel of the food 
of which we have such a great abundance, in this 
land of peace and plenty. The President has 
called for help with which to aid these starving 
people. Money is being sent to the Secretary 
of State, Washington, for the purpose, but not 
enough of it. When once the people understand 
the real situation, then they wi!l doubtless re- 
liberally. Spain seems little concerned 
about the starving. She has brought on this 
cruel state of affairs by her barbarous method 
of warfare, and it looks as though she may yet 
lose her hold of the Island. It is thought that 
to complete the conquest, Spain must furnish 
at least ioo.coo more men. This means more 
money, more arms, and the loss of more men, 
for the climate kills off the soldiers faster than 
the Cubans. The insurgents have spurned the 



At this time there is probably no civilized nation 
that is subjecting one of her citizens to a greater 
cruelty than that heaped upon Alfred Dreyfus, by 
France. He was formerly a captain of the French 
artillery, and was charged with making known to 
GEi'many some of the secret plans concerning the 
mobilization of the French army. As Dreyfus is a 
wealthy Jew, and as there is in France a strong 
prejudice against the Hebrew race, it is maintained 
that the charge against him was a put-up game to 
get money from him, as well as to ruin his charac- 
ter. He was tried,' secretly, however, found guilty, 
and, two years ago, banished to a small island off 
the coast of French Guiana. Here he is confined 
in an immense iron cage, guarded by seven soldiers, 
and allowed no communication with any one, net 
even the members of his own family. Cut off from 
all the rest of the world, and all there is in it, he 
whiles away his time with nothing to occupy his 
mind, save the past, with its terrible results. It is 
now believed by many in France that the man is 
the victim of a deep-laid and well-planned conspi- 
racy, and the minds of the people are greatly agi- 
tated over the injustice that he is receiving at the 
hands of his own country. 



Elsewhere on this page we refer to the call 
made on behalf of the suffering Cubans, The 
Assistant Secretary of State gives a list of the 
things most needed, as follows: " Summer clothing 
for women and children; medicines for fevers, 
principally quinine; hard bread, flour, cornmeal, 
cereal preparations, bacon, rice, lard, potatoes, 
beans, peas, salt fish; any canned goods, particu- 
._ larly nourishing soups; meat extracts, blankets, 
offer of autonomy, or self-government, and have and especially large quantities of condensed milk," 



THE GOSPEL IMZZESSEITSra-EIR,. 



Jan. S, 18 



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DIVINE MOTHERHOOD. 



SADIE BRALLIER NOFFSINCER. 



ill ofGoU, 



1 f-.rbe; 



i King; 



Haii , Mary ! " homage m< 
Called to give birlh to Zic 
r ho " peace on earth, good will to men " 
graciously should bring. 



Andli 
Ah. Mary! Was 



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>rd Jesus to thy breast, 
And fondly lull, as mothers wi 1, 

With crooniDgs soil, lis heart to rts ? 
Was it, indeed, thy Mrs ci lot 

To grace a sphere which angel; laud, 
Ani in thy holy motherhood 

To share a partnership with God? 
Oh passing sweel! Ob passing strange! 

Blest among women, was it thine, 
From the pure fountains of thy breast 

To feed an infant so divine? 
I fain would fathom the deep joy 

Which in thy bosom throbbed and stro< 
As from that couch of straw, a cry 

Awoke thy tender mi iher-love! 
1 fain would see thy soft caress; 

I fain would bear thy gentle word 
As raptly, thou first gazul upon 

Thy Son begotten of the Lord! 
Yet thi ne not all the j sy, we cry, 

As garlands at his feet we lay; 
For it is even ours to clasp 

To our glad hearts tby child this diy. 
Johnstown, Fa. _ 

THE THIRD BEATITUDE. 

BY T. T. MYERS. 



law was inclined with 
ely they have power 



cited where the juc'grr 
favor toward the mec 
and favor in the earth. 

4. The meek, as a rule, have many friends and 
few enemies. Their friends are among the best 
people, and their enemies among the worst. This 
fact is potent and true in the home, in business, 
and in the church. There is here no disposition to 
sacrifice principle for favor, 

5. The meek enjoy best the good things of life. 
They have the spirit of appreciation and gratitude, 
Home, friends, trees, flowers, birds are full of 
beauty and blessings to them. A man once asked 
Paul Haines: "Whose grove is this?" He an- 
swered, "A man by the name cf Smith pays the 
taxes, but I own it." Said he, "The shade is mine. 
The refreshing breeze, wafted from the tree*, is 
mine." Those things are ours which we can appre- 
ciate and enjoy, The man who has no house, but 
is welcomed at a hundred, is v/ealthier than he who 
has a hundred houses, but is welcomed at none. 
Tent-maker Paul was wealthier thsn palace owner 
Nero. 

Finally, the meek in Christ shall inherit heaven. 
Whether heaven will be on this earth or elsewhere, 
matters not. They ate, and will be blessed both 
in this world and in the world to come 

PMlade'fhia, Pa. 



FROM DENVER, COLO. 



Boards, and too few of us are actually willing to 
obey the command and "go." It would all be 
well if our Mission Boards had plenty of means at 
their disposal, but, as we know, their means are lim- 
ited. Therefore we ought to feel that the work is 
here to do, and that r.cw is the time to do it, and I 
know that if even we do go and have to sacrifice 
our friends, and even our means, the Lord is 
able and willing to repay us bountifully for what 
sacrifices we may make when we go according to 
the directions of his Spirit, and with the true love 
of souls hanging around our hearts. 

May the Lord arouse us and call faithful work- 
ers to come and labor in this city, and not only 
here, but evetywhere where his name is not pro- 
claimed, and I believe if we would go in this man- 
ner, we could be the means of performing wonders 
yet in these last days, in causing sinners to feel 
the necessity of coming home to God. Who will 
be the first one to come and make the sacrifice, and 
help labor in this city? Then G od will receive the 
glory for ail we are enabled to do. 

Villa Park, Colo., Die. 16. 



SUFFERING. 



BY HOWARD MILLER. 



"Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth." — 
Matt. 5: 5. 
- Tuj^erir of jlb*-e, arth aa=.-si ; .rniw-fl amoru T ..the 

proud^e frivolous, and the fashionable. We do 
not find them among the high-minded and the lov- 
ers of vanity. We would look for them among 
those who ate not conformed to this world, but 
who are transformed by the renewing of their 
minds. We wonld find them not among those whose 
adornment is the outward adorning, but among 
those whose adornment is the inward adorning, 
even the adorning of a meek and quiet spirit, which 
is in the sight ot God, of great price. They are the 
humble, the unassuming, the lowly. Poor in spirit 
is humility toward God. Meekness is humility to- 
ward man. They are such in life and spirit as to 
make them blessed and a blessing. 

1. They have a good disposition. Divine truth 
is so pregnant with power and blessing 1 , that it 
partakes of a wide application. Nut only are the 
meek among God's people blessed, but also is the 
spirit of meekness in others blessed. It is the 
meek, — the lowly,— who are most sought after, and 
who hold best the places and positions of honor 
and usefulness in the callings of life. It is so 
among doctors, salesmen, preachers and teachers. 
They are actuated by a kind, obliging, helpful spir- 
it. In this sense the meek now inherit the earth, 

2. The meek cherish the spirit of peace. They 
ate not quarrelsome. They delight not in rebel- 
lions and insurrections. Men and nations who 
vaunt not themselves and are not puffed up, are 
mest peaceful and most prosperous. The spirit of 
meekness is the spirit cf charity and unselfishness, 
which invariably commends itself to thinking men 
and nation?. The world is learning that the 
strongest nation is the nation that will not fight. 
The meek, the peaceful, shall inherit the earth. 

spirit- 



The meek, too, are the most peaceful 
rally prosperous in the church. 

3. They are on the mercy side of law. The best 
child, or student, or church-member, or citizen, 
sometimes makes mistakes, but such are not rash- 
ly and harshly dealt with, in view of their kind, 
obedient spirit. Numerous instances might be 



Nov. 5 I left my home, in Pearl City, III., to 
spend the winter in the West for the benefit of my 
health. Our first slop was at Northeastern Kansas, 
in the North Morrill and Sabetha churches, where 
we spent three weeks very pleasantly, visiting the 
members and doing some preaching From here 
we went to Longmont, Colo., where we spent near- 
ly two weeks. This is the largest church in the 
State, and is known as the St. Vrain church. It is 
in a prosperous condition. 

From here I went to Denver, where I am writ- 
ing this letter, and where I expect to spend the 
most of the winter. Here is a band of faithful 
workers, thirty eight in number, that are laboring 
under many difficulties. They had no regular 
preaching services before I came, for' one year. 
They have a neat litttle church, in a splendid part 
of the city, nearly paid for and have a live Sunday 
school, in charge of Bro. Geo. Long. We have at- 
tended many schools in the East, but never did we 
see the interest manifested by the children as here. 
The church is nearly full of bright, happy faces of 
little boys and girls, that come here to learn more 
of the truth of Jesus. Since here we have tried, in 
our weak way, to hold up the banner of King Em- 
manuel. The people seem eager to hear the Word, 
as many of them are not able to dress so as to at- 
tend the other churches of the city, and they en- 
joy coming where they can be made to feel at 
home. Since we have been here one young man 
has been received into the church by baptism. 
Others seem near the kingdom, 

The great need here is to have the work placed 
in the hands of a faithful brother and sister, who 
can give themselves wholly to the cause at this 
place. After being here but a short time, and see- 
ing the great spiritual need of the city, my heart is 
made to bleed for the hundreds cf poor souls that 
would gladly accept the Truth, if they had an op- 
portunity. 

Brethren, when will we, as a church, awake to a 
true sense of our duty, and go and take possession 
of these fields? Think of itl A city of 130,000 
souls, and but little is being done by us as a church 
in saving the lost souls here. Who will be respon- 
sible when Jesus comes to reckon v/ith us? 

There is work here for one dozen good, faithful 
workers, and there are many churches over our be- 
loved Brotherhood that have ample help and to 
spare, that could come and take possession of this 
field and be the means of doing much good for the 
cause of Christ. I am made to feel that there are 
too many of us waiting to be sent by our Mission 



A child, or a very near and dear friend, lies in 
acute suffering. We pray and we hope, and in 
vain. A whole community is swept eff the face of 
the earth by a cyclone. An earthquake buries a 
city, and all in it, in a moment. The ship burns 
down in mid-ocean, and all the passengers that es- 
cape the flames die of thirst and famine. Is there 
a God who allows such things? It is a question 
that has gone out from almost every human heart, 
and there has never an audible whisper come in re- 
turn. Is there an answer to it all? I think there 
is, and that is to be the burden of this article. 

If there is any one thing settled in this v/orld, it 
is that we know next to nothing of cur whence or 
whitbB;Y»\^e aje4ure/b4,ttling along, and to-mor- 
row"we are gone, and we are like the stricken ani- 
mal that appeals mutely to the blue sky that smiles 
and smiles and sees it die. There is another thing 
equally sure, and that is that we cannot compre- 
hend the infinite. Whatever of clearness we may 
have won by nearness to God, it is a personal expe- 
rience that is not applicable to others, no matter 
how much it strengthens our weaker brethren. Of 
the plan of the universe, no man can ever know 
anything, It is illogical, utterly impossible, that 
the finite can comprehend the infinite. The less 
can never equal the greater. 

So to both the groper and the most learned 
comes the moment when all is a blur and the veil 
drops on the future. Your doubts are not new or 
strange. Humanity is the same, and the Esqui- 
maux in his igloo, and the Indian in his thatch, are 
the same as the king in his palace. It is not for 
any of us to know the whys and the wherefores of 
life's gravest situations. 

Still reason, backed by faith, can see why things 
might be as they are, judged even from human an- 
gles of observation. Here is an ant-hill, and if its 
inmates are endowed with reason adapted to their 
sphere thete may come a time when there is an 
earthquake crash, and half the city is in ruins, and 
its inhabitants crushed and dazed. They do not 
see, nor are they capable of seeing that in the hast- 
ing of the man God sent, to free a nation and 
found an empire, his horse accidentally stepped on 
their hill and v/recked it. Shall the people to be 
freed continue in bondage, and the empire wait be- 
cause of the ant-hill and its people? 

The community of animalculae on the bit of 
floating seaweed is swept under and crushed by 
the onward sweep of the ocean steamer. Can they 
understand it? Shall the missions watt because of 
the conflict of the accidents of existence? 

It is an actual fact, that in the composition of 
the grandest painting that ever mind conceived, or 
artist executed, there are sombre colors that, taken 
by themselves, might well complain that they were 
slighted in the relation they sustain to the whole. 



TKZE GOSPEL MESSElsTa-EIR,. 



Yet, if they were taken from the picture, it would 
be ruined. Shall the colors set up th<ir judgment 
against that of the artist? 

Our lives are checkered with sunshine and shad- 
ow. It is a part of our existence that it should be 
so, Yea, it even seems that the warp and woof of 
some lives are all drab and sombre, Yet as it is, 
it was intended so to be. Patience. St, Paul says 
that now we see through a riddle only, but that 
T3EN we shall see face to face. Doubtless in that 
day it may be possible that we shall know all of 
our past and its reasons. And if such be the case, 
beyond all doubt it will be seen that all things have 
been for the best, and that the bad of life has 
been of our own making, whether unavoidable or 
not. Still there ever remains the mystery of life 
and death. It is the same that it always has been, 
and there is none too good, and none too low or 
high in the world, who do not shrink at the thought 
of passing through the veil, though it often is the 
case that at the last moment it is sometimes vouch- 
safed to the favored to catch a Meeting glimpse 
through a rift in the clouds of the land of the lea), 
and the streets of the Beautiful City, 

Leuisburg, Pa. 



BAPTIZED UNDER D5FF.CULTIES. 



BY G. W. LENTZ. 



r 



[The following, concerning the death of sister Clara Ellen 
(L-nti) Huston, who was horn in Elkhart County, Ind., Aug 31, 
186+ and died at Adrian, Bates Co,, Mo., Dec. II, 1897, will be 
read with more than usual interest. — Ed.] 

Sister Huston has been under the hand of sffl'c- 
tion .sxiecn years or moie. About two and one- 
half years ago she had a very lavge tumor removed 
from the abdomen. The operation was very severe, 
but she recovered sufficiently to be about her house- 
hold duties, About six months age she took very 
sick again. An operation was decided upon. A 
condition was found that made it necessary to take 
nut twenty-two inches of the small k1.tS-5t!SJ?i That 
wa>, however, the smallest part of the operation';^ 
bowels being like a badly-tangled- up skein of yarn, 
and all grown together. Dr. Cordius, of Kansas 
City (where she went to be operated on each time), 
worked two hours to untangle and separate the 
parts that had grown together. Severe as it was, she 
survived the operation and improved rapidly for 
awhile. Then she grew worse again and finally an- 
other operation was decided upon, Conditions 
were worse than before. Nearly two hours were 
spent in operating again. She improved some, but* 
these severe strains were too much for her constitu- 
tion and it was seen that her case was beyond the 
reach of medical skill. She was apprised of this, 
and, realizing her critical condition, was brought 
home. 

Through all this suffering and extreme affliction 
she was very cheerful, never complaining, and mur- 
mured not a word, She was now so weak that it 
was very uncertain whether she could live from one 
hour to another, not even having strength to hold 
up her head or scarcely to move it on her pillow. 
She still had as full and free use of her mind as 
ever. She could bear no pressure on the affect- 
ed parts and we did not dare to raise her to an up- 
right position. Her heart was very weak and was 
apt to stop at any time and especially if she be 
raised upright. 

Oct. 28, while in this condition, she expressed a 
desire to be baptized, and wanted it done as soon as 
possible. She was not impulsive. A more thought- 
ful, calm, considerate person we never had the 
pleasure of talking with, as to her expressed wish 
of being baptized. Of course, we took the matter 
to the Lord in a special way. Through many mis- 
givings, fears and doubts on the part of some, we. 
went steadily on in the path of duty: " Wherever 
there is a will there is a way." 

After some consultation we decided to provide a 
tank, seven feet long, three and one-half feet wide 
and three feet deep, in which was placed sufficient 
water for baptizing The tank was placed in the 
yaid. Being in town, and at her request that all 



should see her baptized that would, there was a 
large number present, all conducting themselves 
very becomingly. The service in the house just be- 
fore baptism was very impressive. She was a faith- 
ful attendant at church when able to go, and was of- 
ten under conviction before. After prayer she said, 
"Amen," in a way that indicated to all that she was 
very much in earnest, determined, and not fearful. 

Then we sang, "Christians have a home, sweet 
home," etc. She was now placed on a board five 
feet long, her head extending above the board, ban- 
daged thereto so as to have no pressure on affected 
parts, then a suitable cloth placed around her and 
the board. She was now brought to the water, and 
as she was lifted thereto, we could not help but no- 
tice the smiles of satisfaction and rejoicing from her 
emaciated but beaming countenance, 

Bro Ira Witmore and the administrator entered 
the water. She was placed in the water in an in- 
clined position, face upward, her head just above 
the water, her feet underneath. The usual cove- 
nant was made. The administrator proceeded with 
the ceremony to the part, " Baptized for the remis- 
sion of sins." Then she was gently turned over, be- 
ing careful to keep her feet beneath and head above 
the water, and she was thus baptized. As it was 
necessary to keep the water from her nose and 
mouth (her breathing being very bad) the admin- 
istrator's wife stood at the head of the tank, taking 
the wet handkerchief, and handing him a dry one 
each time to place over her face. She was now 
gently turned over again, face upward, still being 
careful to keep her feet below and head above the 
water, and the laying on of hands and prayer follow- 
ed, at the conclusion of which she considerately 
said, " Ames" in a clear, ringing voice that thrilled 
the large number of anxious and concerned persons 
that were present. She suffered no inconvenience 
whatever from it, as she afterwards to d me. It 
would hardly be right to omit mentioning the very 
efficient help of her nurse, Mrs. Barton, of Kansas 
City, who took so much interest in arranging for the 
baptism. It was a scene long to be remembered. 
SV npXinl'ireiiiced then, hut aljo reini -yrl , wt- 

much afterward 



Mehemet Ali. O-ir guide showed us where Erwin 
Bey on horseback took his great leap from the wall 
and thus saved his life, while all the rest were mas- 
sacred. It is here that General Lowe received the 
keys and took possession of the citadel and 12, ceo 
soldiers for the British in 1S82, since which time 
Egypt has been under the hand of England. 

It is here that we were shown Joseph's well. 
While this may not be, and likely is not, the place 
of Joseph's imprisonment, it gives one a very good 
idea of a deep dungeon, The well is 15 feet in di- 
ameter, and 2;o feet deep. This is cut out of the 
solid rock with a winding stairway running down 
for over two hundred feet. We are shown the plac- 
es where Joseph sat, and also where the chief bak- 
er and chief butler stayed while in prison, but 
these accounts lose much of their interest, because it 
is not likely they are true, Our guide book says it 
was not the Bible Joseph, but a Mohammedan Jo- 
seph that was put into this well. Standing in the 
citadel is the mosque of Mehemet Ali. We 
counted five domes and five semi-domes. Almost 
the whole of the interior is of Oriental alabaster, 
richly decorated with gold and silver. 

We are made to wonder at the great sacrifice 
made by these people in means and time, when 
we think of how little we are doing to build even 
our plain churches and to spread the life-giving 
doctrine of Jesus. Will not their devotion, even 
to a false prophet, condemn us because of our in- 
difference, when we stand before the Great Judge? 

As we walk through the tombs of the Mame- 
lukes, and of Mehemet Ali and his sons, we are 
made to think of the millions that are spent to 
decorate the graves of our deadl Here, in Europe, 
and at home, we see the same lavish hand. If we 
could take the wealth, spent on one cemetery, and 
use it to God's glory, what a host of workers could 
be sent out for Christ! The darkest places could 
be made to shine with Gospel light, the suffering 
could be relieved, the oppressed could be set free 
with the money that is wasted on the dead if it 
could only be used to God's glory for the living. 

.We drive out to ti*- ^7 ,nf the ancient cit" ai 

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singing praises unto the Lord. Heliopolis. On our way we see the old-fashioned 

S,ie improved slightly after the baptism. Finally wooden plow at work, the old water wheel- the 

she died, as above stated, being conscious to the gardener watering his garden with his foot the - 
last. She recognized her husband less than one 



minute before she died, passing peacefully and qui- 
etly away in the glorious hope of eternal life. 

The above gives but a slight idea of all that en- 
ters into this case. We have wondered if any one 
knew of a more extreme case than this, and if so, 
how he proceeded to perform baptism. We won- 
dered again whether, when persons have the right 
use of their mind, there could be a jusiifiable reason 
for not baptizing sick persons at their request, how- 
ever critical their case might be, 

Adrian, Mo. 



ON THE WAY TO INDIA.-No. 6. 



BY! 



. ik'l.'ANN. 



The Museum at Cairo— The Citadel— The Mosque of Me- 
hemet Ali— Tombs of the Mamelukes— Virgin's Tree 
and Fountain— Heliopolis— Old Cairo-Old Coptic 
Church — Greek Convent — Island of Hhoda 
—Mohammedan School— Bazaars 
— Streets and Pa'aces. 

The wonders of the silent past seem to be locked 
up in Cairo's great museum. We cannot help but 
think of the great educational value of this treasure 
house of the past. As we look into the mummied 
faces of Rameses and his descendants, and then at 
the jewelry worn by these old kings, we remember 
how the hand of God shaped their destiny and di- 
rected the affairs of their kingdom to his own pur- 
pose. Is not God ruling the nations of to-day and 
directing the destinies of men as he wills, even as 
he did in the past? 

From the citadel we got a good view of Cairo, 
with her four hundred mosques rising above their 
surroundings, their domes reflecting the bright sun- 
light in dazzling splendor. This old citadel has 
been the scene of much treachery and intrigue. 
Here the Mamelukes were massacred in 181 r, by 



called virgin's tree and fountain, This is a large 
sycamore tree where, tradition says, Joseph and 
Mary rested in their flight into Egypt. The foun- 
tain, or well, is near by. 

Heliopolis— if this is its site,— has nothing to 
mark the spot, save one lone monument, covered 
with hierogliphics, which I could not understand. 
This obelisk was erected on the site of the old city 
by Osirtasen, 3,600 years ago. It is said that the 
surface of the soil has been raised by the inunda- 
tions of the Nile, twenty-five feet above the base of 
the obelisk. 

In our drive through old Cairo, we saw many 
old tumble- down houses and walls. The streets 
are dirty and narrow, being full of filthy children, 
dogs and " backsheesh " beggars. 

We visited an old Coptic church, near which is 
the old Mosque of Omar, in a dilapidated condi- 
tion. A Greek convent is built over the top of 
the old Coptic buildings. Here we are shown the 
house in which Joseph, Mary and Jesus lived 
while in Egypt. This is traditional aud needs to 
be treated as we should treat most traditions. 

We visited the Island of Rhoda, and saw the 
Nilometer. This instrument measures the height 
of the water of the Nile, and thus gives a basis for 
laying the levy of tax for the coming year. A 
good raise of water means a heavy tax on the farm- 
er, — a light raise a small levy. 

The Mohammedan school here is the largest the-^> 
ological school in the world. It is a wonderful 
sight to look upon nine or ten hundred men, all sit- 
ting on the floor, studying aloud and swaying back 
and forth all the while. They eat, sleep and study 
in the same room,— Ihe large mosque of Gamia El 
Azhar. These students spend from nine to twelve 
years here, studying their Bible, and then go out 
as preachers of the Mohammedan faith. If we 
would study our Bible as faithfully as they do 



THE GOSPEL HVLESSEHSTCKEI?,. 



Jan. S, 1898 



theirs, wt would be a mighty power in God's hands 
to bring the world to Christ. 

The Bazaars and streets are the places where one 
could spend days and b: ever learning something 
new. Here we saw a'most every nationality, and 
every costume of the world. Here we saw the 
weman at the mill, the tables of ihe money chaog- 
ers, the seller of oxen and sheep, and hundreds of 
other thirgs, curious and old. 

It is a city of contrasts, the very rich and the 
very poor jostle each other in the narrow streets. 
We saw a wadding procession and four funeral pro- 
cessions. Sorrow and j y seemed to be joined 
hand in hand. Here you cm see the most ancient 
and the most modern in dress, in mede of travel, in 
mode of life. To see the donkey boys and the 
camels, the dragomen in black, white and red, 
and, at the same glance, to sec an electric car, a 
modern bicycle, a fine A'neri-an carriage, drawn 
by a good span of horses, surely shows things in 
contrast. The tumbie-down mud hut and the pal- 
ace costing millions of guineas, are almost side by 
side. This is a world of inequality and of sorrow. 
We can, perhaps, see as much of both sides here as 
anywhere else. _ 

THE LAV-MEMBERS' DUTY. 
BY MYRTA LEAVE LL. 

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil tte law of 
Christ."— Gal. 6: :. 

Dear lay-members, as we have, from time to 
time, during the past season, been permitted to 
read the articles on the minister's work, the wife's 
duties to her husband, their united duties, sacri- 
fices, work, and also the practical experiences of 
seme of our devoted ministers, has it not awakened 
our very souls within us, until we cannot help but 
cry out in the words of Luke 3:12, " Master, what 
shall we do? " 

As we read the experiences of these aged minis- 
ters, can we see ho,-/ the lay-members could have 
heiocd them in any way^ajid also r eaped a portion 

of the blessings they speak of? Let us see wheth- 
er we cannot be benefited and benefit others by 
their experience! Let us look into the innermost 
parts of our ministers' work to-day and see if there 
is any work or sacrifice, wherein we can aid them. 

1. We need another minister in our church. We 
call a council and elect Bio. B to this great work. 
Can we do anything to help him in his work? 

You know we do not believe in salaried minis- 
ters, but we know Bro, B and his family are mor- 
tals, just as they were before we elected the broth- 
er to the ministry. They will need just as much 
to eat and wear as we do. Is it possible for him 
to attend to all this and devote as much of his time 
to the Master's work as we shall expect of him? 
Does he need any help financially? Has he had 
reverses until he is in debt? If so, do we expect 
him to secure means enough, above the family' 
support and the time spent for the church, to raise 
this debt, not speaking of the burden it would be 
on his mind? Do we expect this of him? Would 
it not be better and wiser, in every way, for us to 
free him of these debts? Can we afford to wait 
and let the Lord's cause suffer until he can manage 
to pay it himself? Let us be careful not to place 
burdens on some one else's shoulders that we wi 



Thus equipped, they might be lh= means of bringing 
some to the fold all the time. 

If each church would do this, how long would it 
be until this whole world would be resounding with 
the doctrine of the Brethren, and our number 
would be so great that a mighty work could be ac- 
complished. 

Let each one of us resolve to do all in our power 
to hasten this dayl 

2. The church at some isolated point is calling 
for a minister. They have no one who is qualified 
to fill the place, as required. There are several 
waiting to hear our doctrine from some one who 
has some experience, the necessary preparation, or 
is gifted with the talent to take hold of the work 
and make it a success. Well, Bro. C. offers to 
ccme over if we will give him a little home free 
of debt, — just enough to make his family comforta- 
ble, so that he can give most of his time to the 
work. But are we willing to do this? Would we 
not rather keep the few dimes it would take from 
each of us and use them here and there, to make 
things a little more handy, and let these souls, who 
never heard the pure Truth, go on unsaved? Are 
we willing to sacriSce some that they may have the 
Bread of Life? " Am I my brother's keeper? " 

We have many ministers to day that would heed 
the Macedonian calls, if they were thus encour- 
gcd. It is true, we sometimes get deceived by 
doing this way, but must we let the Master's cause 
f/er because there are a few Judases in our ranks? 
Now we have our minister in a fair start. Let 
see if we arranged for his wife to start with him, 
do we expect her to stay behind, or is there any- 
thing she could be expected to do. Vou know, my 
dear sisters, the minister's wife is composed of the 
same material as you or I. Do we expect her to 
bear all the burdens, all the work, all the trials? 
Di we expect her to carry all the responsibilities 
Ihout any aid or help, so the minister's time and 
nd may be free for his work? She is expected 
keep up all the corners, no difference if there 
are five or six little one 7 , all under the age ol 

work, keep a room ready for the minister to step 
into and take an hour's rest, and two or three hours' 
study, which he must have, while she must work 
and toil on. She must keep the little ones from 
making a noise, keep them and herself tidy. 

Besides all this, she is expected to be well versed 
in the Bible, ever ready to gi here and there with 
awo'd of comfort for the sick, bereft, the Uced 
less ones, be a model example, ever ready to at- 
tend a'! services, helping her husband in every 
way, in teaching the little ones, in giving encour- 
aging talks. 

All this we expect of our minister's wife. How 
many of us would like to exchange places with 
her? How do we expect her to do all this work 
and have her mind full of thoughts of God, the 
church, and the well-being of all? Could we do it, 
my lay sisters, toil six, yes, seven days in the 
week, and yet 611 all her places? Is it possible for 
us to help her in any way and, by so doing, be 
helping our min : ster also? 

Suppose we give them a little help now and then. 
The help need not always be money. We can give 
such things as may be needed on the table, and about 
the house, or we may give such clothing as will 
prove useful to all the members of the family, 



not like to have placed on our own. Would it not 7 nere are many ways t help 



be better to do with a few less pies, a few less cakes, 
a little less coffee, a little less tobacco, or any oth- 
er luxury, than to let the cause suffer? 

I am certain that any minister would do without 
either pics, coffee or cake (and you know cur min- 
isters do not use tobacco), as long as any of us, if 
that would free him of his debts and leave him free 
for the Master's work. 

Does your minister need any books to help him 
in his preparations, or can we send him a term or 
two to one of our schools, to give him better prep- 
arations for so great a work? A term or two of 
Bible school would also be a great help. Would 
we not all enjoy the fruits of our labor, to see all 
our ministers thus qualified to meet any opponent? 



Helping in this way would give the wife more 
time to study and fill her mind with thought, ready 
for all time. It would give her time to help her hus- 
band outline his sermons, visiting the sick, and car- 
ing for the heedless ones, who will oftener listen to 
her than anyone else. It would give her time to get 
her Sunday school lesson, that she may be ready to 
teach the little ones, or to fill the vacancy of any 
teacher. I know of a case where the minister was 
not able to fill his appointment, so the wife had to 
attend to the service. 

When the minister has to go and it is impossible 
for the wife to go along, do not let her shoulder all 
the burdens and responsibilities of home and the 
flack too. Better go near while he is absent, to see 



if you can help her. Let one go and then anoth- 
er, and the burden will not be great on any one. 
Where there is more thnn one minister at a place, 
let some of them seek new openings. The field is 
so large that three or four ministers could be kept 
busy in every congregation. Then let us, lay- 
members, help the families of the absent ministers 
about the work outdoors, and in that way the wife 
may have time to attend to her husband's part of the 
spiritual needs of the church, that, when he returns 
from an isolated field, he may see the cause has net 
suffered while absent. 

When we have done this, we can feel we are 
bearing our part of the burden, and, surely, any 
spirit-filled minister will make the work prosper 
when thus aided. Then we need never fear the 
Brethren church will allow salaried ministers. 
Then the question will be ended about providing 
(or our ministers, and we would feci we had done 
more than our part. Then we need not place 
flowers on their graves, that the world may see we 
appreciate the efforts of our minister and wife, but 
there will be such union and love between us that 
the separation would be as in one family, — as fa- 
ther and mother from children. 

Now, after we have our minister and wife started, 
■et us keep them going, and let us ever be found 
lifting and never leaning. May the Lord bless and 
help the minister's wife and Hock all to do their 
parti 

UnionviUe, Iowa. 



"HE MAKETH THE STORM A CALM" 
BY LIZZIE D. ROSENBBRGER, 

Nearly two hundred years ago, the bitter perse- 
cution in Prussia and Holland scattered abroad many 
of God's believing children. Friendless and home- 
less as they were, this verse appealed to them," Ver- 
ily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left 
house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, 
or wife', or children, or lands, for toy sake and the 
gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in 
this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and 
mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; 
and in the world to come eternal life." 

As they stood on the shore, ready to embark, they 
looked back to their native land, where imprison- 
ment or even death awaited them, to the homes no 
longer theirs, to friends estranged, while between 
them and their haven rolled the ocean, cruel and 
treacherous. God was their only refuge! They 
must make the voyage as pilgrims and strangers, 
aliens going to an unknown land, knowing only that 
hardships and trials awaited them. But our Lord 
has promised, " I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee." 

I wonder whether we are guarding our heritage of 
faith and trust in God, bequeathed to us by those 
earnest souls! Our brother, Abraham Cassel, the 
antiquarian, told me the following story: In 1719 
some of our brethren fled from Crefeld to escape per- 
secution. They finally set sail from Friesland in a 
large Flemish vessel with several hundred passen- 
gers on board. Our brethren could truthfully sing: 

" Jesus, I my cross have taken, 
All to leave and follow thee, 
Neglected, poor, despised, forsaken 
Thou from hence my all shall be." 

Their accommodations on shipboard were not of 
the best, and then it required weeks and sometimes 
months to reach the shores of Americi. After they 
had been on the ocean for several weeks they en- 
countered a storm of unusual violence. The sails 
were lowered and a large quantity of merchandise 
was thrownoverboard to lighten the ship. The pas- 
sengers were terror-stricken, and even the sailors 
called upon God for help. At this terrible moment, 
when the ship was rolling helplessly, the captain 
went below, into the hold of the vessel, and there he 
found our brethren, — like Paul and Silas in the 
prison at midnight, — singing praises to God. Calm 
and quiet, they were kept in perfect peace, though 
the storm was raging around them, The captain 



Jan. 8, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSEHGER. 



was greatly impressed by their faith and courage. 
A glimmer of hope and trust animated him. When 
he came on deck he said to the sailors, "You r.e:d 
have no fear, there is no danger; God will not let 
such good people perish in mid-ocean! " And soon 
the winds and waves were stilled, and the captain, 
looking up into the star-gemmed sky, thanked God 
and took courage. 

After many weeks they landed on the shores of 
America. The brethren chose " Peon's woodi" for 
their home. There they endured all the hardships 
and discomforts of a new home in a strange land; 
endured with patience, h3ppy in the thought that 
they and their children could worship God in peace, 

Covingt n, Ohio. 



-^•THE t SUNDAY * SCHOOL* 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES 



The Beginning of the Ministry of Jesus. 
— Katt. 4: 17 25. 



t jor January 16, 



*.<#. 



SOME OF THE EVILS OF WAR. 

A chaplain in the English army writes roacen 
the war in the Northwestern part of India. We 
q'jote a part of his letter from the Bombay Gu^rdis. 
It shows up some of the evils of war: 

Since joining the Expeditior, few days have 
passed but I havs b;come more and more deeply 
impressed with ths amount of suffering and misery 
involved in war. In the papers we see the account?, 
given in glowing imagery, of the glorious achieve- 
ments of our forces and the suffering is usually 
summed up thus: Kil'ed — 50 many; wounded— so 
many. But beneath these two words, with the fig- 
ures attached, there lie hid whole volumes of woe 
that eiernity alone wi ! l reveal. 

Our enthusiasm rises to white heat as we gsze up 
on, or read the account of the advance on, and re- 
capture of, the Dirgai Heights. But somehow an- 
other feeling finds place in our hearts as we look 
upon the forms of those officers who have 
brought back to Shinawan, on their way to Kohat 
for interment there, and remember that these 
resent but a fraction of those who, in a moment, 
have been called, during one short day, from ti 
into eternity, and as we kneel "bsside afidtfttr ? . who 
in the time that h now drawing to its close has be 
the p-ide of many in his regiment, and learn fro 
him that the poor old widowed mother, whom he has 
kept from starvat ; on by the monthly remittance 
from his pay, will now be left homeless and fiend- 
less, to spend her last days in the poor-house, or dit 
by the wayside, if too high spirited to accept of the 
public alms, we cannot help feeling that there is an- 
other side of wai', to that which commonly appears 
in the newspapers; and as we march from camp to 
camp, passing at every few hundred yards some 
poor animal that has dropped through sheer ex- 
haustion, and is now being kicked into fresh life by 
some heartless driver, and many others that have 
been freed from their burdens, and now lie dead or 
dying, the sense of the misery entailed beccmes 
deeper and yet deeper. 

Then our thoughts wander out to " the other side," 
and we remember that, though " savages," they, too, 
are men, perhaps much more so than our ordinary 
newspaper reporter accounts them. And whatever 
they may not be, this owe thing is certain, tkey are 
msxfjrwhi'H Ck*ist d^d~ aad our mission to them 
cannot be one of extermination, but one of peace. 



There are attractions and blemishes in every 
character. We can see in other.* , what we are look 
iog for and what we prefer. In those whom we 
love, it is easy to see their good side, That side 
pleases us, and we are glad to admire it. We even 
pass over with hardly a thought that which is not 
pleasing in them, for love coveis a multitude of de- 
fects. In one whom we do not love, however, it is 
easier to see faults. In them, these stand out so 
that we can hardly see anything else. Of course, 
we are looked at as we look at others. To some it 
seems as if our faults v/ere chief characteristics, 
and there are those whose love for us causes out- 
good traits to seem most prominent. One alone so 
loves us that his eye sees all the good there is in 
us; and, while he discerns also all the evil, he notes 
it only with a laving purpose to help us to over- 
come it and to leave it behind, — S. S. Times, 



After the "temptation" cf the last lesson, we 
arc told that Jesus went northward, and we find 
him, after calling at Nszireth, at Capernaum of 
Galilee. Ke was her,: for. thre: distinct purposes, 
that he might fulfill Wit Scriptures, to call his dis- 
ciples, and that he might begin his ministry. All 
these were events of great importance to the Chris- 
tian church, — fulfilling, preparing, beginning. 

The Lord has a purpose in life for ea:h one of 
us. We have a work to do. We arc called to this 
work from heaven. Hence it is a high and holy 
calling, and as such we ought to regard it. But 
that we may honorably fill ir, we must not only 
recogn:za the calling, we must also prepare our- 
selves to fill it acceptably and honorably. After 
this is done, a beginning must be made. 

The preparation and the beginning are two 
things that are often sadly neglected by us, and, 
as a result, we fail in our purpose in life. That we 
imy not do this, we have these lessors To us 
they come as line upon line, precept upon precept, 
and by our continual adding to our life's work, in 
this way, we are enabled to do that which the Lord 
wants us to da. 

Our work comes to us by piece meal,— a little at 
a time,— here a little and there a littk. When it 
comes in this way, it is not hard to do, if we make 
the beginning at the right time, and do not wait 
till it heaps up and looks big. A mother told her 
son to go out and chop into kindling, a pile of 
wood. He went out and looked at it for awhile, 
and then came back crying, all discouraged, say- 
ing that he could never cut up so large a pile of 
wood. His mother told hi 11 that he was not 
expected to do it all at once, that he should chop 
only one stick at a tims. This seemed to be a ne\v 
revelation to him, and he went to work, feeling that 
one stick at a time was an easy way of getting 
away with the pile, and in a short time the whole 
pile was gone. So it is with the work that the 
Lord wants us to do,— only r>ne thing at a time. If 
we do that in time, the big pile will never ccme. 
The Lord knows j ust how much we can do, and he 
never overburdens. 

Then, in Christ's fulfilling, preparing and begin- 
ning, we have set before us a perfect example, and 
in his life we see how he did his work, so that we 
may know how to follow his example. 

The Beginning. — Wc are always mere or less in- 
tere-eted in the beginning of things, especially, if 
they, in any way, arc to affect our lives, There is 
much depending on a beginning. Often it means 
half the battle. There is a false proverb,— if there 
can be such a thing, — sometimes used: "A good 
beginning makes a bad end." The word "good" 
here should be substituted by "wrong," and then 
we would have it right. The beginnings that are to 
end well must have a goodness in the starting. 

Jesus began to preach, and to say, '' Repent; for 
the kingdom is at hand." This was to be a king- 
dom better than all others,— better than that of Da- 
vid or of Solomon, one from which the works of sin 
were to be excluded, and, as all people had sin and 
were sinners, they were not suitable subjects for 
this kingdom unless a radical change were worked 
in their lives. Nicodemus, a fairly good man, 
wanted to become a subject of this new kingdom 
just as he was, but Christ said, Not so; "ye must be 
irn again." This meant repentance because of 
,st unworthiness, and a faith in what was to be, 
d the means through which it comes, It was a 
ry significant beginning. It meant much, but not 
ore than what must be accepted of and experi- 
enced by us, before we can become subjects of this 
rdom. As it began, so it has continued until 
now,— and will so continue until the kingdom is ! 
completed and the last subject has been accepted! 
and taken in. If many of you arc away from the' 



fold, this same preaching is coming to you, "Re- 
pen', for the kingdom of heaven is at hind," This 
is the beginning of the ministry. 

The Preparation— As his time was necessarily 
short, the first thing to do wa« to gather to him a few 
faithful witnesses and disciples, who should receive 
from him and give to the world the Gospel of 
peace and salvation. He prepared to do thii by 
calling to him, as he walked, preached and taught 
along the shores of the Galilee, Peter and Andrew, 
James and John, and others farther on, up to the 
number twelve. 

After this began the wonderful teaching. He 
was the Great Teacher, the Teacher of teccheis. 
Let us see what and how he did: " And Jesus went 
about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, 
and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and 
healing all manner of sicknes?, and all manner of 
disease among the people." This he did as a 
teacher in the presence of his pupils. He gave 
them object lessons, precepts and examples. Then 
we want to look at ths dual or double character 
of his teaching. First, he taught the people the 
Gospel, or how to be saved from their sins, and the 
nature and character of the kingdom of heaven in- 
to which the saved and those to be saved a>e to en- 
ter, and the how, — be born again, throw away the 
old garments of sin and put on the new and clean 
robe of righteousness. To induce them to come 
and bz saved he gave them object lessons in heal- 
ing the sick of their bodily diseases and infirmities, 
In this way he enlisted their sympathies and gtincd 
their confidence, and opened their hearts and souls 
to a reception of the soul-healing, Christ is a 
great teacher. Learn of him! H. b b. 



8KHMON OUTLINE. 



HOW TO BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS. 



' Li- 1 



. despise thy yputh; but 

"■Yn 



W III! 



nplc 



1 of the text. 



charily, 



of the bel 

Make applicat 

1. To the ministry. * 

2. To other officials. 

3. To the laity, as servants of God. 

No one should be dcsp'iff.d on account of his youth, in 
church work. Merit, or zeal and worth should be the stan- 
dard of approval by every member of the church, regardless 
of age or station. 

Diligence in duty should be the watchword. 

Neglect not ihy gift. Meditate, study to be approved of 
God. Give thyself wholly to the work! That is, do not di- 
vide up your available time with reading or studying about 
worldly matters. 

lie an example to believers in 

3. In charity (which is eternal). 

4. In spirit. 

5. In faith. 



nty. 



Attend to 

1. Readings, 

2. Exhortation. 

3. Doctrine, that you may be prepared for any good work. 



OUR PRAYER MEETING. 



WATCHING UNTO PRAYER.-i Pet. 4: 7. 

For Thursday Evening, Jan. /j, /SgS, 

I. What We Should Watch. 
r. Our thoughts. Prov. 24: 9. 

2. Our words. Matt. 12: 37. 

3. Oar acts, r Cor. 3: 13. 
II. Why We Skouli 



Watch Continually. 

1. Because we are so easily led astray, Job 5: 7. 

2. Because Satan is always active 1 Pit. 5: 3. 

III. How We Should Watch. 

1. With the mind of Christ. Phil. 2: 5. 

2. With a realization of the coming judgment. Rom. 14: 
10-13, 

3 With a critical look at ourselves. Jer, 17: g. 
4. With charity for others I Pet. 4: 8. 

IV. Watching Should Lead Unto Pbayzk. 

1. Because we realize cur d;pendence on Gal. Mark 
'3-37. 

2. Because Gcd has promised bis aid. Vs. 40: 4. 

3. Because the greatest watchfulness demands the mjst 
fervent prayers. Ps. 39: 1-5- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 8, 189S. 



►THE * YOUNG * PEOPLE- 



OUR MISSIONARY BEADING CIRCLE. 



Course of Reading. 



" CtUll Ol 

" Lile of A. Jnd«on," cloth, 17 cents; paper, . . 

"Oat Country," cloth. » conls: paper 

"Noniuch Frolessor,'' cloth 

8EVOND l'JBAB. 

" Mlraclu ol MlBsloas/'doth, 8< ,c< 
"Cannibals o 



I MoHat, 

c.vGulD-r,.-clotb 70 t«i;«. 

a ol Teaching." cloth 65 coats. 

Till it U YEAR. 

e Enterprise ol Missions," cloth #1 00 

"b.'":s 't Si-.v/'^nd "' '^■■''-f !i,- \p iT.iiei," ch. il-»S l# 10 cents. 

I Reading Circle only. 



aiajH.M. Ban 
to, Fa., Edith !■ 



Kjading Circle s 



inc. CiR£tR.— W, B. Stovoi. Bulsar, 

Ol, In. MlV II. M St.,^-.. WiVUfB- 

uoro, Fh.; J. M, Nell. Frultdalo, Ala 
resident. W. B. Stavor. Bulsar, Ind.j 

!:.„,,, 1'j.; Sei::i-r!;irv, I'Mlll. !-. New 

in nil iitili'r.n l<>! I'.M.ks should be 
i, Mount Morris, III. 



TRUST.N0. 

The dawn is not distant, 
Nor is the night starless: 

Love is eternal! 
God is still pod, and 
His faith shall not fail us: 

Christ is eternal I 



CIRCLE NOTES. 

BY JAMES M. NEFF. 

Sister Linda Griffith writes from Meyersdale, 
Pa., that they have recently received fifty seven 
members into the church at that place. She sends 
the names of two new members to the Circle and 
writes a letter, indicating a warm interest in the 
work of the Circle and the Lord's cause in general. 
Let us all pray for a speedy increase in the number 
of young soldiers of the Cross, and a deeper con- 
secration of all. ^ . „ .^~- 

Below we give a list of 

NEW MEMBERS. 

807, Haltie Pel 1 Hami Hon, Nebr. 



80S, Marina Dfl 

809, Susie Dell,. 

810, J.C Groff,. 



r M. Shick Holn 



813. Liz 



1 E He; 



Hnln 



lilton, Nebr 
lilton, Nebr. 
sville, Nebr, 
sv'lle, Nebr. 
sville, Nebr, 
, Nebr, 



irtha Fink Holme: 

81s, IraC S.avely McPherson, Kaos. 

816, EdiibF. Delp New Murdock, Kans. 

817, Lucinda Oaks Union, Ohio 

818, Mrs. Maude Glick Weyer's Cave, Va. 

8iq, Charles Beagle Somerset, Pa, 

820, Harry H, Cupp Bills, Pa. 

821, Loven ; a S. Andes 204 East Orange St., Lancaster, Pa, 

822, Samuel W. High, Octavia, Nebr, 

823, John G Kilhefner Octavia, Nebr, 

824, Maggie C. Weckert, Keyser, W. Va, 

825, S. E. Do»es Johnstown, Pa 

826, Amanda Roddy Johnstown, Pa 

Bro. P. F. Eckerle, of Lanark, III, writes that he 
has comoleted the course of reading and received 
his certificate, which he prizes very highly, — not so 
much for what it is as what it represents. He say: 
11 May the Lord bless all, who do this reading, with a 
fuller growth in grace and a greater love for souls." 
Bro. O, O. Boggs, of Covington, Ohio, reports that 
his wife, Mattie, has completed the course of read- 
ing and he pays the fee and orders her certificate. 
Who at Covington will call for the next certificate? 
We have a number of earnest young members there, 
and we should like to hear from them. 

Sister Sadie S. Young, wife of one of our able and 
widely-known young evangelists. J. E. Young, and 
daughter of E'd. D. E. Price, of Mt. Morris, writes 
from Beatrice, Nebr., as follows: 

"I received the book, 'Do not Say, ' a day or 
two ago, and have nearly finished reading it. I feel 
that it is certainly a grand little book to place in 
the hands of our young people. As soon as we are 
through with ours I will send it to a young brother, 
who, i think, will be interested in it, and I would like 
to have another for a lady friend who, I have always 



felt, would make a good missionary. Enclosed you 
will find another quarter to help a little in the good 
work." • 

NOW AND THEN. 

We often hear people say: "If I were a boy again, 
I would do this or that," or, " If I had my past life 
to live over again, how differently I v/ould do," etc. 
Now, young friends, this is all useless. What is past 
is gone and there is no way of getting it back again, 
no matter how much you wish and fret about it. 
The past is a part of time over which you have no 
control, and no matter how many regrets you may 
have about it, there can be no change. It is made. 

Again; the past is just what you make it. Be- 
cause you have so made it, you know why it is as it 
is, and you can be proud of it or should be ashamed 
of it in proportion as it meets your approval or dis- 
approval. 

The first thing you want to learn is that it is a 
wonderful thing to live, and that time is golden and 
yours to utilize and enjoy. The sooner and more 
you learn this the fewer will be your regrets over the 
past, and the less will be your desires to live over 
again the days and years gone by. 

It is a good thing for you to never have such de- 
sires. It may be said that no one can live and do 
so well but what regrets will follow the retrospect, 
This may be true, but by putting a proper value on 
as it comes and is yours, and using all the pos- 
sibilities at hand, you will feel so nearly satisfied 
that you would fear to ask to live it over again lest, 
nstead of making it better you might make a v/orse 
use of it. You may make conditions in your life so 
that, when you look at them in the retrospect, you 
can say: " I am satisfied." Do you know that such 
s a great attainment? We know of nothing better. 
When young persons can sit down and calmly look 
nto their own lives, and say : "lam satisfied," they 
have attained a very high standard of excellence, 

d yet this is what you want. Nothing else will 
give you peace of mind. 
,Hnw -■--" • .1 -'tt.ii.ri_ to ■^is.^-gfffenj'r'' Tut: re if 

only one way, and that i?, improve the now. If you 
can make yourself think so, it is just as easy to do 
this, as it is to not do it, because the "now" de- 
mands something of you and you must do and give 
something. The wrong thing that you may do or 
give may be a harder thing than the right one. It 
often is,— indeed, always is, — because sin has always 
been a taskmaster, and a hard one too. If, at any 
time, it seems pleasant and easy, it is because you 
are being deceived. Di you know this? If not, you 
should, because Satan has been a deceiver from the 
beginning, and will aWays remain so. If you do 
not want his wages, in regrets, sorrows, pains and 
death, avoid him and his service as well. 

But it is the " now " that you are concerned about 
What are you doing with it? You had better deal 
with this question now, because it is the only time 
that you have it in charge. The past is out of your 
reach, and the future you can only anticipate. The 
present God gives you with the message, "Oc- 
cupy/ 1 — do t — and do with your might, that which 
your intelligence and reason dictate, and you will 
not be disappointed as the years go by. 

We just now think of young people who are la- 
terally rolling in fatness. Their " now" is golden, but 
their " then" will be as the Sodomic apple, — ashes 
and disappointment. Tell them that they are mak- 
ing a mistake, that will bring regret, and their an- 
swer is, "Yes, it may be, but, — '' but what? Some 
trifling little thing is allowed to come in the way, 
and control, for the moment, that which will bring 
days and years of regret, They do not seem to 
have the foresight and will-power to sacrifice, — if 
such it can be called, — for the moment and the hour 
which promises months and years of reward. 

Not long since we heard a young girl say that 
Esau was a baby and a fool because he gave away so 
much and got so little in return. Perhaps he was 
somewhat of a baby, and foolish in the bargain, in 
exchanging his birthright, which meant so much in 
the "then," for a mess of lentil soup in the "now." 
But how much better are you doing in bartering 



away 5 our golden "now" for things of less vake 
than a bowl of snup? Time is your God-given 
birthright. God gives it to you now and with it he 
gives you the will-power and possibilities to make 
every hour of it as an ingot of gold, to bless your 
after-years, and in the end give you a joy and peace 
of soul that will make you shout for very gladness. 
Yes, dear friends, time that you get as the mo- 
ments come and go, is too precious to be wasted, 
Do not deceive yourself with the thought that a 
long life is before you, and that a little waste of 
time now will not amount to much in the future. 
Do not think that a little bit of wild oats sowing 
now is a small matter when life is so long. No, this 
is all a mistake. Wild oats is a bad thing to sprout 
and grow, and it is also a prolific yielder of the bit- 
ter fruits of sin, — as bitter as it can be. But now, — 
it is your crop. You did the sowing, and it grows 
for you to reap, — yes for you Now you sow. then 
you reap. What will it be? Do not be deceived, 
young reader, whoever you may be. God has said 
it, and it must come to pas?, — "Whatsoever a man 
soweth that he shall reap." Sow now that which 
you desire to reap then, and you will not be disap- 
pointed. H. B. B. 



BV J. S. LAU. 

About four years ago a young people's meeting 
was organized at the above-named church, through 
the earnest and persevering efforts of Bro, J. S. 
Geiser, and since that time the meeting has steadily 
grown in interest and also in the number of those 
who take part. 

While these meetings are intended mainly for the 
benefit of young members, for the purpose of giving 
them work, and fitting them for church duties, they 
may be called upon to perform later in life, the old- 
er ones are deeply interested in the grand work, too, 
and it is to them and to the sincere and consecrated 
eJ&rfe^T^uTsisters, that these meetings owe much 
of their success also. Our Thanksgiving service was 
nade exceedingly interesting by each one naming 
n writing what he felt grateful for. A good many 
letters from tho=e of like precious faith, from differ- 
ent parts of the Brotherhood, were read at this 
meeting. These pipers wers sent out blank, and a 
request was made to those addressed to return them 
to the writer that they might be read at the service 
named. 

All seemed ready to respond and when these pa- 
pers came back, they were filled to overflowing with 
expressions of thanks and gratitude, and it is very 
interesting, indeed, to notice the oneness of mind 
and the unity of sentiment running through them 
ali. About eight different Slates were represented 
by letter and these helped to make a meeting long 
to be remembered. If those, who wrote these let- 
ters, knew how much they encouraged us, they 
would feel amply repaid for their much appreciated 
efforts. Bro, J. J. Ellis has been the leader of our 
young people's meeting for the last two years, and 
has again been re-elected for the coming year. 

Sunday evening, Dec. 12, Bro. P. H. Beery, from 
Fruitdale, Ala., came to us and preached an able 
and well-prepared sermon from Heb. 12: 12, 13'. 
agoz Bernard St., Baltimore, Md, t D(C 20, 



Faithfulness of service can only come from 
faithfulness of heart. " We all like him," one man 
said of another; " he always does what he agrees to, 
and a little more. He isn't around giving his time 
and his services for nothing, but when you employ 
him to do something you know the work will be 
done as well as it can be done, and without watch- 
ing," This is a good priuciple to apply in Christian 
service, If a man's heart is in his work, he will not 
v/ork simply for the reward he is to get, nor to make 
an easy undertaking of it. His first thought will be 
to do well the work that has been given him to do. 
It is the Christian who is not constantly thinking of 
the reward of heaven cr the reward on earth to 
whom the world looks for faithful service,— 6*. S. 
Tims, 



Jan. S, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSEltta-EH,. 



General Missionary and Tract 
Department. 



COMMITTEE. 



MQ0L4B HEETIH3S OF TEE C0HHIT5EB: - The 1 
before Standing Committee convenes at Annus 
lag; the second Monday ol October and ol Fet 

BUSINESS FOE AH7 HEE7IH3 should be In the ofiu 
committee at least two weeks before time ol n 
In order to be prepared for that session. 



doraed by the District Mission Board 
will be sent. 

TBS COMMITTEE 2ECEIVSS donations I 
lunds: World-Wide, Asia Minor. In 
Smyrna; Washlnfiton Meetinghou 
India; Book and Tract Funds. 



DO HOT ADDEESB I 
Committee, to < 
pondeuce and ii 



j intended lor the 



. MISS. & TRACT COM., 



Thousands of people 

ie on the verge of starva 



At this time the sub 

Messenger is larger tha 
l the history of the papei 



Timothy was told to give attention to doi 
trine. Let those who conduct Special Bible 
Terms keep this in mind, and not neglect th 



Of some ministers 

not shun to preach the 

times wonder if they preach the 

of the Gospel. 

A recent issue of the Christim 
tains the portrait of a French 
is now over 125 years old. 
married more than 100 years. 



d that they do 



She 



The minister has a good ho 
and yet he cannot afford to r 
preach on Sunday! There is 
" go ye " Gospel about that mai 



The adoption of a Hebrew 
in Chicago, is regarded as 
Jewish spirit. Many of them 
great interest towards their n 



g, by the Jew; 
revival of the 

; looking with 



said that th< 
the Jews; they 
freedoi 

United States 



'ii-.i 



» recently repotted to 
no more hope in Russi 

ust seek a place of rest 
own promised land. 

till, however, open to the 



Utah, but 
5, gathered 



: going to Afri 



Arrangements are being made, 
reported, to settle 4o,coo Mormons in 
Part of them will go direct fi 
most of them are to he new con 
from the different States, 
acres of land have been purchased for the 
great colony. 

It has been announced that 1'rince Bema- 
dotte (second sou of King Oscar of Norway 
and Sweden) and his wi 
to spend the rest of thei 
His wife was a Miss Munk, and before the 
marriage, the prince, whose full name is 
Oscar Bernadotte, was forced to give up all 
claims to the throne because of wedding a 
woman who was not royal. They are both 
said to be earnest, religious workers, and it 
is believed that their labors, among the 
heathen in Africa, will result in great good. 

MISSION WORK.-ITS DIVINE CALL 
UPON EACH INDIVIDUAL. 

Nothing so readily soothes the soul into 
quietness as to feel it does not have a direct 
and personal call. That question settled, and 
it matters little what the issue, how many 
souls are at stake and how great the ability, 
and many the opportunities, there is no inter- 
est manifest and no work done. Herein lies 
of the lethargy in the mission work 
manifest in loo many fol- 
They have, through some 
own, concluded that the 



of the 

lowers of Christ, 
reasoning of their 
heathen, yea even 
own land, have n 
10 help save them. 



the 



:rted 



claim upon Iheii 



lUoilS 



Chri 



uty, 



nthele 



influ 



a power, a work, which reaches and affects 
individuals, no matter how great the company 
present. Salvation, to those who possess its 
hope, is expected for the individual, and is 
it not just and right that, if individuals shall 
be saved as individuals, eacli one has hlm- 

ing others to that salvation? 

In the early light of prophetic Christianity, 
the Spirit of God was troubled about the 
salvation of the people, and he called, ' Whom' 
shall I send and who will go for us?" Then 
Isaiah said, "Here am I; send me." He 
did not say, "Here is the church; let her look 
after this work," but "Here am I, send ME." 
When Gcd, through his Son, enlarged the 
work of salvation in the world, he declared 



BULSAR NOTES. 



intents who r 



fred 



-Among the Syrian Christians in South 
idia, in 1875, sprung up one of these peculiar 
cts which not infrequently runoff the track in 
America. They published* "a divine procla- 
ion to the effect that there remained only 
years from May, 1875, until the glorious 
coming of King Jesus, of Nazareth, on the 
fiery cloud." About 5,000 became enthused 
with the idea. Memorable 1881 has passed, 
ost people, the world over, are ready 
fess that God takes pleasure in con- 
cealing some things from the people. 
—It may be especially interesting to" those 
iow working on the Anglo- 
that the Saxon Chronicle 
ply states that in the year 8S3, King Al- 
bassadors, Sighclm and ^Etbel- 
n, all the way to India, with alms for the 
Christians there, called the Christians of St. 
Thomas and St. Bartholomew, 

— Nearly all of our orphan children can re- 
peat the ten commandments in Gujerati. 
We can also, freely, but I doubt if we could 
do so in English, without hesitating. They 
are working away on the Gujerati language, 
and it will likely be a race between them and 
our coming helpers, as to who will get on 
most rapidly. Several are very bright. One 
more, however, we are exceedingly sorry to 
say, has succumbed to the disastrous effects 
of famine. As we carried her emaciated, 
lifeless form off to the burial, the children 
remaining wept aloud, and as the distance 
between us and them widened, the sound of 
those dear children, mourning for one of their 
number, lingered long in our ears, 

—Last week, in one of our Christian homes, 
I was informed that when any one sits grind- 
ing at the mill, as we see daily, they always 
turn it the same way. But, when any oni 
dies among the Hindoos, they grind a littV 
meal by turning the mill backwards, and mak 
four small "breads" for the dead. 
—On. 



f our little company, who was 
d last April, is now in South Africa, 
les that he is exceedingly happy in his L° r ' 

-i..f ( .,, ;( , -~~--<'-^-- ^'Vii^f-J x " lU ,^ i>( ' „ ;.;/;;;„'.",: 



ured for the building of a church. The 
location is surely a very desirable one, and 
the price at which it was bought, is far below 
present value, That a church is badly 
needed, the situation plainly shows. Our work 
n city missions can only be made strong and 
permanent by building churches, as many 
experienced. People do not seem to 
lclined to unite with churches in the 
i, that have no houses of their own to 
worship in. Are there not many who will 
tribute to the building of the church there, 
that the amount necessary may be raised so 
begin the building at an early date? 



De, 



WHERE OUR MINISTERS ARE. 



the 



Aln 



rial lis 
for [898, the 



(he 



land, 



' ministers in the Brotherhood, and they 
distributed over the world as follows: 
isylvania, 348; Indiana, 325; Ohio, :,,; 
sas.aio; Virginia, 202; Iowa, 145; Illinois, 
Missouri, rig; West Virginia, [04; Mary- 
Tennessee, 57; Nebraska, 51; Okla- 
; Michigan, 26; North Dakota, 1'y, 
California, 25; North Carolina, 2); 1 Iregi n. tij 
Arkansas, 20; Texas, ii ; Colorado, 11; Minns* 
consin, 10; Louisiana, 7; Ala- 
bama, 6; Florida, 6; South Dakota, 5; Wash- 
ington, |; New Jersey, 4; Arizona, 3; Idaho, 3; 
Kentucky, 3; Georgia, 2; Connecticut, 1; South 
Carolina, 1; Utah, 1; D. C, 1; Sweden, 7; Den- 
mark, 6; India, 3; Asia Minor, 3. 
Saginaw, Tex. 

THE WORK IN TEXAS. 



1 lt.„M'. 






. V lV ' 



s. On sever 
elf reading 
telling the 



sion 


s he has found 


r. 11, mil, 


or wl 


boat Interest • 


pla 


ning ihe Bible, 




HHIII 




Go 

Snm 


spel story, lo a 


pr":\i'r„'7i, 


upon 
maud 


And, farther, 



■Why, this is a new religion." Then be 
says, "No, no, it is only the old religion 
which, unfortunately, has too long been laid 

side." 



■vurld 1 



The Jewish population of tin 

stimated at fully ten millions,— more people 
ban the land of Palestine could support, 
hould they even be permitted to settle there. 

We admire the preacher who feels that he 
oes not know everything, and is quite w-JJing 
) learn more. There is always hope for the 
lan who continues his search for knowledge. 



that "who 


soev 


r (Jew 


free), belie 


red 


n him s 


ing life," 


md 


vhen th 


work, he s 


aid 


.his di 



Gentile, bond 



the 



-ri.i: 



Each 



hould ha 
e Master 
sciple; 






"Go 



1 all 






We now have th 
r, and when Bro. Ye 
ill be four. One of th. 



If China should be 
of the leading power: 
doing missionary wor 
proved. Missionaiie: 
every part of the em] 
necessary safety. 



parceled out to a 
, the opportunities 
: would be greatly 
could probably e 
ire, and labor with all 



Do not be alarmed when 

tiembers carrying food, eve 



the ravens engaged in 
for the prophet Elijah, 
proved by the Lord. 



even in large qi 
)ver 2,700 years ago 
tat kind of busi 
d their work was 



,. 



In Pennsylvania, not long since, a m 
r preached so strongly against the wea 
of feathers, that many of the women tore 
feathers from their bonnets, in the presence 
of the congregation. That is the kind of 
preaching to do,— something that will 1 
effect. 



understood th 
commission as applicable to himself, and wer 
right to work to carry it out. 

Paul felt the call to be individual 
what wilt thou have me lodo?" ", 
vessel to the Gentiles." But he was not more 
chosen than every disciple is to day. The 
Gentiles had no apostle. The apostles who 
associated with Christ had not caught the 
spirit of world-wide Christianity, and Paul 
was one born out of due season, to open th« 
way to the Gentiles. The way once opened, 
every Gentile follower would carry the good 
news to his brother. How admirably l 1 
ion, "Go," to his indi- 
iously God blessed 
labors! 

Then Christ, a 
tion, through tl: 
"And let] 
could be 
obligatory 

This commission reache: 
— the lay-member as well as the minister,— 
the one talent as well as the five talents,— 
in fact, every one who claims discipleship, 
God's voice to-day calls in the heart of each 
follower, by the very possession of h 
and salvation, and by all the powers 



applied the > 



of Revela- 



the very clt 
: Spirit, again commands, 
l that hearcth say, Come." What 
re personal, more pointed, more 



—Now it has been three years since we b< 
gan writing "Diary Leaves " and the "Bulsa 
Notes." To us, the former have been wrii 
ten with the greater pleasure. To us they 
appeared to present a larger field for thought- 
ful correspondence and for originality, than did 
the mere "Notes," but we have produced 
both, with what ability God has graciously 
given us. If through this pen any dear broth- 
er has had his spirit quickened to a degree 
of missionary activity, I thank God for it. 
We are humbler than we were three years 
igo. I think we know God better, and now, 
as our new missionaries are nearing these hea- 
then shores, I hasten to place the pen where 
they can get it to continue these notes. To 
them, the ins and outs of the missionary life 
may not be more interesting, but will cer- 
tainly be more new than to us. The things 
that we overlook will not fail to escape their 
notice. Thus these notes, from the home of 
the Brethren in Bulsar, will become more in- 
teresting. Meanwhile we hope to exercise 
along some other lines. 
— Brethren, pray for us. 
Nov. 19. 



We, the District Missi 
submit the following pla 
for the purpose asked for ; 

The churches shall an 



whose duty it shall I 

at least once a yea: 

as the church may d. 

pose indicated in sa 

the same to the mi: 

lated members ;uid i 

,n send their offering 

Further, the Distri 

ne they sec- proper 

ii solicitors, or insti 

in charge, and also 

special effort to raise 

:o forward the work. 



:spei 



fingregations, 



achr 






uch oftener 

ide upon, for the pur- 
article, and forward 
onary treasurer. Iso- 
lividuals 



the t 






necessary means 



D.J.. Kr: 









THE WASHINGTON MISSION. 



/ithin self, and hav 
lere rests the obligatic 

'ithin, it becomes, in a 
ike some humble part i 
;ceive this salvation. 



ting it. Having salv 



talent, 
1 to help others to 
And having Christ 



Passing through Washington, D. C, a few 
days ago, and having a little spare time, I 
went to see some of the members living in 
the City. Those whom I visited seem to be 
much encouraged. Bro. Hollinger informed 
me there were now several willing to unite 

church by ba 
vere olhei 

After this short but pleasant interview, 1 1 
felt glad for the encouragement in the work 
I also saw the lot the Brethren have 



needs any comment 
-ince every brother and sister that such 
I is much needed, and would be the 
for the accomplishment of much good. 
ir District is a large one. It would make 
States as large as Indiana. It 
has about four million population. We have 
eight ministers of the Brethren (one to about 
five hundred thousand inhabitants), about one 
hundred and sixty members, six organized 
churches; two without a minister. Oh, what 
a vast field for mission work! Experience 
teaches that the only very successful way is 
for the minister to be located and stay with 
the work. Brother, sister, can you, yes, will 
you, help the work with your means, and 
thereby assist some poor brother to get a 



pla, 



: him where he can do 
to the honor and glory 
ation of precious, blood- 



By order of District Hoard, 

A. j. Wine 



TIKE G-OSjPET-i ACESSE2STC3-EE/. 



Jan. S, 18 



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and il not made then. WHITE IS AT UNCI:, slat ing WHEN and HOW 

money was sent. Please do not neglect this. 

Seven accessions to the church at New Pott, 
Page Co , Va., are reported. 

A series of meetings in the Brother's Valley 
church, Pa., closed with thirteen accessions. 



Bro. Chas. M. Yearout, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
is arranging to locate at Warrensburg, Mo., next 
spring. 

Bro. F. W. Dove has been doing some good 
..wTTT.. * ... . .-.-. '-v.. n<- w,cu a .w'eeiing witn 
ten conversions. 

Bro. O. V. Long closed his series of meetings 
in the Conestoga church, Pa,, with nine appli- 
cants for membership. 



Bro. A. G. Crosswhite closed his interesting 
series of meetings in the Bachelor Run church, 
Ind., with eight accessions. 



A series of meetings at Waynesboro, Pa., con- 
ducted by Bro. J. A. Dove, closed with six acces- 
sions by baptism, and two reclaimed. 



Thirteen accessions are reported in the Browns- 
ville church, Md., as the result of a scries of meet- 
ings recently held by Bro. W. M. Wine. 



Bro. L, Frank Haas reports the work in Har- 
risburg, Pa., as moving along encouragingly. He is 
preparing to open up work in another part of the 
city. He is also giving considerable attention 
to evangelistic work. 



The Muicie (Ind.) Herald contains a very credit- 
able account of the Brethren in that city, stating 
that they are in the midst of an interesting series 
of meetings, and that several were recently received 
into the church by confession and baptism. 



The Special Bible Term, at this place, opened 
last Tuesday morning with a number in atten- 
dance, On account of going to press early in the 
week, we cannot say anything special concerning 
the work being done. We hope to say more later 



Bro. J. G. Royer has just returned from the 
Lower Stillwater church, Ohio, where he spent 
several days conducting a Bible Term. He re- 
ports about one hundred and sixty in regular at- 
tendance, excellent interest, and two received into 
the church by baptism. 



A communication from Bro. D, L. Forney, un- 
der date of D:c. 3, informs us of his safe arrival 
at Bulsar, India. He reports all cheerful and in 
good health, and says that he and his wife at once 
entered upon the study of the language, so as to 
prepare themselves for the important work en- 
trusted to them. Our readers will rejoice to learn 
of their safe arrival. 



We are requested to state that, during the first 
two weeks of the Bible Term of the Juniata Col- 
lege, Pa., Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh will give his 
six lectures on the origin of the 'Brethren or Dun- 
ker church, under its present organized form, In 
these talks there will be some new facts, not yet 
known to the Brotherhood, that every minister 
and church worker should know. 



It is indeed gratifying to learn how well our 
people are pleased with our new Almanac. It is 
sent free to every subscriber of the Messenger. 

Bro. D. E. Stover, of Hawthorn, Fla., writes: 
" The Christmas number was the most spiritual 
paper that has ever been issued from your office." 

Bro. Fercken reports one more baptized at 
Adio, Asia Minor, with prospects of others ac- 
cepting the faith. The outlook for his mission 
seems quite encouraging. 



Bro. W. R. Deeter, who has been holding some 
meetings jit Wakarusa, Ind., writes that he does 
not "expect to fioici "any 'more 'Tories of meetings 
this winter on account of his home work. He 
thinks that elders should not neglect the flocks 
placed in their care, and he also feels that he 
cannot be away from his ministerial work without 
more or less detriment to his home church, 



On account of sickness in his family, Bro. H. 
C. Early had to close his meetings at Beaver 
Creek, Va., sooner than was desired. There were, 
however, six conversions, with good prospects of 
more. 

Some one at Glendora, Cal., writes us on an im- 
portant matter, and signs himself, " Many Breth- 
ren." Had he given his name, we might send him 
a very satisfactory explanation concerning the 
matter of which he v/rites. As it is, his commun 
ication can be of no bene6t to any one. We wisr 
brethren would never refuse to affix their names 
to what they send to this office. 



Under date of Dec. 9, Bro. S. N. McCann writes 
us from Jaffa, Palestine. He had completed 
his trip, in company with a number of others, to 
Jerusalem, Hebron, the D;ad Sea, etc. He was 
then preparing to resume his journey to India, 
and is probably with the other missionaries at 
Bulsar by this time. It seems that he was not 
permitted to visit Nazareth, and other places of 
interest around the Sea of Galilee. He reports 
good health, and a very enjoyable trip so far. 

Our record shows that, during the last six months, 
over 20.000 letters have been received at the 
Messenger office. The number for each month, 
commencing with July, is as follows: July, 2,252; 
August, 2.841; September, 3,20,5; October, 2,Si.8; 
November, 3,274; December, 6,142; total, 20,613. 
In handling so many communications, more or 
less mistakes will occur, in spite of all our care, 
but when informed of them, we always take pleas- 
ure in making the necessary corrections. In fact, 
we will regard it as a favor if those who have 
dealings with us, will at once apprise us of any 
error that may occur in our business transactions 
with them. It would also save us a great deal of 
trouble and perplexity if each person, writing 
this office, would give his address in every in- 
stance, and then write his name so plainly that 
t is not possible to be mistaken about it. 



The Brethren at Franklin Grove, 111 , believe in 
preaching the Gospel to the poor as well as to 
the rich. A few days ago they sent to this office 
55,053, for the purpose of having the Messenger 
sent to members who are not able to pay for it. 
It is to be hoped that the example of this church, 
and some others, may provoke the rest to see 
that their poor members are in some way provided 
with suitable reading matter. 

While we glory in the pluck of an aged elder, 
who wants to preach the Gospel just as long as 
the Lord permits him to live, we pity the judg- 
ment of the one who persists ia remaining in 
charge of his congregation until the most of the 
members think, and even have to say, that he 
should resign, so a more active man may be se- 
lected to direct the affairs of the church. Every 
aged housekeeper will find it for the good of 
the cause, for him to tender his resignation while 
he has judgment and strength enough to do it 
right. If his flock should think (hat his age in 
no way interferes with his usefulness, they will let 
him know in a manner that will be greatly to his 
credit. We should all bear in mind the fact that 
the church, as a rule, is more competent to decide 
a matter of this kind, than the aged elder him- 
self. Besides, it is not to one's discredit, when 
he grows old, to be retired from the leadership 
of an important movement. It is one of the in- 
cidents that must come to every man, however use- 
ful he may be, sooner or later in life. Still, it takes 
a good deal of grace to enable a man to step aside 
and see another take charge of the flock that he 
has been leading and feeding for many years, but 
that is what a portion of the grace of God is for. 



The Baltimore American contains a very inter- 
sting report of the Ministerial Meeting of East- 
ern Maryland, recently held at the Middletown 
Valley house. We quote the following, showing 
that our people in that part of the Brotherhood 
are also interested in woman's work in the church: 
" The last topic, ' Sisters' Mission in the Church,' 
had been assigned to four sisters from different 
sections of the church, but none of these were 
present, three sending papers instead. These 
were from Mrs, Laura Myers, Westminster; Mrs. 
R. L. Rinehart and Mrs. Kate Fahrney, Frederick. 
This topic precipitated the most lively debate 
among the ministers which occurred during the 
meeting. It was found that the three papers 
from the sisters dealt with the subject in a general 
way only, but the ministers at once proceeded to 
discuss the subject in all its phases. Some ad- 
vocated giving women liberty to preach, and, in 
the course of the discussion, Eld. E. W. Stoner 
referred to the fact that, a number of years ago, 
two sisters named Stemey and Major were given 
this privilege and that, as ministers of the Gos- 
pel, they acquitted themselves very creditably. 
One of the ministers suggested that, as a woman 
was in all things to be a help-mate to her hus- 
band, the minister's wife should be to him an 
assistant in his office, so that, in case of his sick- 
ness, she could be prepared to carry on his work. 
This speaker was followed by E!d. C. D. Bonsack, 
of Westminster, who thought that woman's sphere 
was in the home, and in the department of the 
church in which she was now working." 



THE aiSH TESTAMENT. 

We have just published what we consider the 
most convenient pocket New Testament in the 
English language. Before his death, Eld. James 
R. Gish commenced supplying the money to bring 
out the work. His wife has since had the book 
completed, and it is now ready for filling orders. 
The book is neatly printed on very thin, strong 
paper, is well bound in various styles, and is just 
the thing to carry in the pocket. It is self-pro- 
nouncing, and has the references and marginal 
readings following the verse to which they belong. 
In this respect the book, for neatness, conven- 
ience, and mechanical execution, is probably un- 
surpassed, Sent post-paid as follows: 

American Morocco, divinity circuit, gilt edge, red un- 
der gold, calf lined ?I 2 5 

The same, leather-lined, 0° 

The same, paper-lined 5o 

We have a cheaper edition, intended mainly 
for Sunday schools, same paper and print as the 



Ja 



the o-osifieIj :MHEss:EnsrG-:E:R,, 



others, but bound in limp cloth, 20 cents. If de- 
sired for use in Sunday schools, write for special 
terms, per dozen. When writing for this book, 
call for the Gish Testament. 



FAITH-HEALING. 



A few of our correspondents think we are pre- 
judiced because we decline publishing some com- 
munications sent us, concerning faith-healing. 
Now, if we understand ourselves, we are not pre- 
judiced in the least against those who are the 
means of restoring the sick through faith, 
without resorting to medicine. What we object 
to is this wholesale condemnation of such as 
do not take part in healing the sick just in that 
way, and who do not regard these healing occur- 
rences, resulting from faith, as miracles. We have 
received articles, severely censuring the church, 
because her ministers cannot, and do not, heal 
the sick as did the apostles, some going so far as 
to say that the church has lost her divinely-given 
power in this respect. This these writers do, 
when, at the same time, not one of them can per 
form the miracles, which they think others should 
perform, in order to prove that they are the true 
ministers of Jesus Christ. 

We know that all over this world are instances 
of faith-healing, and such occurrences are found 
among nearly every class of people, some of them 
believing in Christianity, while others do not. 
Just what to believe, or what not to believe, does 
not seem to be particularly essential, Some of 
these healings, — for we would not like to call them 
miracles, — are performed by the Catholics, othe 
by Protestants, not a few by the Mormons, and 
even some by the heathen. Some of them seem be- 
yond human comprehension, and against them 
we have not one word to say. We are not con- 
demning the men who possess the ability to per 
form these things, but we do not care to have 
them censure us and our Brethren because we fail 
to do likewise. 

We know that the most eminent of them can 
go only about so far, and there they stop. There 
are some diseases and conditions that they will 
not undertake, while on others they fail, and, in 
fact, their failures are many. But these are not 
published, and the public finds out but little con 
cerning them. Not one of them, or all of then 
put together, can raise the dead, speak with other 
tongues, or, with safety, take up venomous ser- 
pents, or drink deadly poison. Could they do 
these things, or even cure the worst forms of 
contagious diseases, it might be worth while to 
talk of miracles, But so long as they confine 
their efforts to the milder forms of diseases, and 
so long as the Mormons can perform as many 
cures as the Catholics, and so long as the Prot- 
estant does no more than either of them, and ro 
long as the heathen may execute as much as 
any or all of them, we see nothing in their claims 
more than what may be found in medicine, hy 
giene, healthy food, pure air, proper exercise or 
anything else that may effect cures. We are not 
even disposed to say that the hand of God 
not, in a measure at least, in all of it, not for the 
purpose of demonstrating that he is with the 
preacher, the doctor, or nurse, one more thai 
the other, but for the purpose of aiding his chil 
dren, whom he has made and whom he loves. 

So far as miracles are concerned, they belong 
to the Bible times, and have ansv/ered their pur- 
pose in pointing out the one true God, and es- 
tablishing his system of worship, But respecting 
these occurrences, so far as they relate to the 
healing of the body is some instances, they have 
happened all along the past, they are daily tak- 
ing place now, and will continue until the dawn 



of the millennium. We believe just as much in 
them as we do in medicine, hygiene, pure food, 
pure air, proper exercise, etc., but we do not like 
for any one to say that we are not sound in the 
faith, as it was taught by Jesus and maintained 
by the apostles, just because we do not accept 
the faith-healing theory, to the exclusion of all 
the others. We know that some of the sick have 
been cured by faith, and then, on the other hand, we 
know also that cures have been effected by medicine, 
healthy food, wise nursing, and a change of cli- 
mate. God is the author of whatever virtue there 
may be in any or alt of these remedies, and we 
do not know that his hand is in one more than the 
other. 

Faith-healing is sometimes called divine heal- 
ing, but this is by those who make a specialty of 
the faith method, though there is no more divinity 
in it than there is in herbs, healthy food or pure 
atmosphere. The ability to perform faith cures 
is limited to a few men of special attainments, 
the most of whom endeavor to invest their meth- 
od with an awe that inspires confidence in a pe- 
culiar manner. It is a power that one man docs 
not and cannot transmit to another, and, so far 
as we know, it relates to a method that one pe 
son cannot teach another how to perform. It 
crops out, here and there, in men of widely differ- 
ent religious belief, and always attracts a good 
deal of attention. We do not mean to condemn 
it more than any other method of treating the 
afflicted. If one can be cured of a disease in this 
way, that is his business and not ours. Only 
people do not want to pin their faith to a man 
just because he can cure some of the sick in a pe- 
culiar manner. There is something higher than 
the faith that sometimes restores to health, and 
that is the faith that never fails to save the soul. 
This is the faith set forth in the New Testament, 
and is the one in defense of which the Messenger 
is published. And, while co ntending for this 
faith, we art nut ' dis'puseV' to use our columns in 
advocating one method of cure, more than the 
other. True, some remarkable occurrences have 
attended the faith method, but not any more so 
than the other methods referred to in this com- 
munication. The advocates of all of them have 
their ways of now and then exciting the public, 
but, as a rule, such excitements soon wear off, 
and then the people often feel that, for the time, 
they were deceived, so they settle down to their 
common-sense methods of dealing with the af- 
flicted, do the very best they e'en, and trust the 
Lord for the rest. And it is this quiet and in- 
telligent trusting in God and his goodness, that 
is probably doing more in maintaining health and 
happiness, than all the exciting methods of the 
age. _^^__^ J* H# M * 

OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT CHARTS. 

Want of time has kept us from making a care- 
ful examination and study of the charts on the 
Old and New Testaments, recently published and 
sent out by Bro. Sharp. These charts cover, the 
first, the prophecies pointing to Christ and the 
cross on Calvary, and the second, the Week of 
Pass'on, beginning with the Sunday on which Je- 
sus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

We have been interested in both these charts, 
but the second is of special interest, as it covers 
the most important period in the history of our 
Blessed Lord. Bro. Sharp boldly takes the po- 
sition, now held by a number of eminent Bible 
scholars, that the crucifixion took place on Thurs- 
day evening instead of Friday, as has been gen- 
erally held by commentators. He says, " Count- 
ing backward from the day of resurrection, ac- 
cording to the Jewish mode of reckoning, it fixes 
Thursday, Nisan 14, the day of " the preparation 



of the passover" (John 19: 14), as the day of 
crucifixion. This harmonizes the statements of 
the four evangelists with that of the Savior (Matt. 
2: 40). No other date will. 
The charts and lucid explanations connected 
with them, have a special interest to our people, 
and we bespeak for the new work a careful ex- 
amination. So far as we have looked into them 
we find the position taken well fortified by Scrip- 
tural quotations and logical reasoning. Bro. 
Sharp informs us that he spent a great deal of 
time and study on the charts and explanations. 
We do not hesitate to say that they will be found 
very helpful in the study of the prophecies con- 
cerning Christ, and of the Week of Passion. The 
chart and book of explanations may be ordered 
from this office at Si.oo. d. l. m. 



THE OLDEST NEW TESTAMENT. 

Our readers have noticed from time to time 
what has been said about the discovery of the 
"Logia" or "Sayings of Jesus," found at Oxyr- 
hynchus, in Egypt, a year ago, but nothing has 
been said about a faded piece cf papyrus, found 
at the same time and place, which, upon a care- 
ful examination, proves to be a leaf from the 
New Testament. It will be remembered that the 
covery here referred to, included an immense 
amount of papyri. This great treasure is now 
being examined, and we may expect wonderful 
results, Only recently a leaf of the New Testa- 
ment was taken from the mass, and now it is 
shown to be a portion of a book that was in ex- 
istence as early as the year A. D. 150. The leaf 
contains the opening chapter of Matthew and, 
according to Dr. Thompson, librarian of the 
British Museum, one of the greatest authorities 
on ancient manuscripts, she,-,., the same contrac- 
tions found in the Logia, and he does not hesi- 
tate to place the date of the writing in the middle 

^TSST3^^rBBE%«y s 4 .... u'- ■. .,,. f? 

The value of this remarkable discovery cannot 
be over-estimated. It proves beyond all doubt 
that the New Testament, of which this leaf is a 
portion, was in existence as early as the year A. 
D. 150. It shows further that the leaf was copied 
from a New Testament which, of course, existed 
before the copy was made, a New Testament that 
was in use in the days of the good Polycarp, the 
first bishop of Smyrna, who sat at the feet of the 
beloved apostle John, and learned of him the 
then new story of the cross. It may even be said, 
without going too far, that the book may have 
been used by the apostle himself. 

It has been the boast of the Bible critic and 
infidel that the books of the New Testament do 
not date back farther than the fourth century, 
and we were compelled to admit the truth of 
the statement. The Tischendorf manuscript, 
written about A. D. 350, was conceded to be the 
oldest. Writing on the subject for the Messenger, 
several years ago, we used the following lan- 
guage: "The first copies of the books of the New 
Testament were written on papyrus, 2 John 12, 
This being easily broken, it is probable that the 
earliest copies of these Scriptures are lost," Now 
es the discovery of a portion of one of these 
very first copies of the New Testament, and at a 
single step we have gone back two hundred years 
with the date of our holy book, and it may be 
possible have reached the apostolic age. 

The immense work of separating and decipher- 
ing the fragile mass of papyri is only just begun. 
As fast as this can be done the results will be pub- 
lished. Any of our readers who may be espe- 
cially interested in the excavations in Egypt, and 
who would like to assist and receive the reports 
and publications of the work, may obtain neces- 
sary information by writing to us, d. l, m. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER;. 



Jan. S, 1858. 



. of John - 

n what way did Aquil 
"the way of the Lord mor 



QULRISIS' DEPARTMENT. 

Had Jesus ?ny brothers and list* ri?— /.. A\ Bard. 

He seems to have had both brothers and sisters. 
See Mark 6: 3. 

In Acts 18: 24, 25 what is meant by Apollos knowing only 
the baptism of John? If the bapt 
as that practiced by the ppostli 
and Priicilla expound 
perfectly? '—B.A.K. 

It is not said that the baptism of John was not 
right, but that Apollos' knowledge extended no 
farther than that. He knew nothing of the bap- 
tism of the Holy Ghost, the baptism of fire, or 
many other things pertaining to the church of 
Christ. He did not comprehend fully the im- 
port of baptism, as it related to the formula given 
in Matt. 2S: 19. hence the necessity of htm being 
taught the way of the Lord more perfectly. He 
had much to learo. 

Of what material were the nails made, that were used in 
fastening the Savior to the cross?—//. S. L. 

It is not knowo. They were doubtless made 
of some kind of metal, possibly iron. Nails, how- 
ever, were not a very common article in those 
early days. 



g wives, the first two divorced 
He asks for admission; admit: 
to leave it; shall we receive him 
riages regarded as unpardonable 



A man hiving three livi 
lives with center of them, 
his sin, repents and promise 
or are such adulterous ma 
even if all restitution possible has been made?— E. F. 

On such a confession and promise he may be 
considered a legal applicant for baptism and ad 
mission into the church. It will continue to be 
his duty to comply with his promise of living apart 
from the women to whom he had been married. 
Where did the holy kiss originate?— Fanny Teeter. 

The origin of the kiss, as a mode of salutation, 
is unknown. It is, however, very ancient, and 
was adopted as the Christian salutation in the time 
of Christ and the apostle, and as a holy kiss, or 
kiss of charity, is five times enjoined in tKcNew 
"Testament. See Rom. 16: 16; 1 Cor. 16: 20; 2 Cor. 
13: 12; t Thess. 5: 26, 1 Pet. 5: 14. 

Please give the names of the two malefactors that were 
crucified with Christ— Fanny Teeter. 

Their names have not come down to us. They 
were probably comrades of Barabbas, the robber. 

Is it right for a brother to solemnize marriage when one of 
the contracting parties has a companion living?— ,4. B. 

Our Brethien, in Conference, have decided that 
the teachings of the New Testament do not justify 
a minister of the Gospel in solemnizing a mar- 
riage between partes, when cither of them has 
a living companion, hence one of our ministers is 
not permitted to knowingly solemnize such mar- 
riages, and when they persist in doing so, charges 
can be psrferred against them the same as for 
violating or disregarding any other requirement 
of the church, 

A man preachine here, is trying to explain away immer- 
sicn by saying that "much water," in John 3: 23, means 
many waters. He states that history tells us that the pace 
referred to has many springs, and none of them large enough 
to immerse a person in. How is this?— Ar>J. I. S. 

"Much water" is sometimes tendered "many 
waters," and by some it is thought to signify " deep 
water." In the time of John the Baptist, much of 
the Jordan Valley teemed with inhabitants, and 
water, by means of springs, streams and pools, was 
in great abundance. Near Salem was a place of 
much water, or many waters, and here John did 
his baptizing. Several places are found by the 
modern travelers, answering the description where 
an abundance of water may be had for immersion, 
even in this day. When John and Jesus preached 
in the land of Palestine, the facilities for immer- 
sion were as good as may be found in any part 
of this country. The best of evidence goes to 
show that immersion was the only baptism in the 
early Christian church. j. h 



ANCIENT MARKET PLACES. 

A recent issue of the Inter Ocean contains a ser- 
mon by Dr. Hillis, on "The Right Use of the 
Tongue." The following extract shows the value 
of the market places as a news point, in ancient 
times, when newspapers were unknown: 

In that far off era, eloquence was the one divine 
gift. Then the orator was esteemed above soldier, 
statesman, and merchant, for all those offices that 
are now distributed between newspaper, book, and 
magazine were formerly concentrated in conversa- 
<ion and public speech. 

Could we go back twenty-four centuries, and, at 
the close of some autumn day, take our stand upon 
the streets of Athens or Ephesus, we should behold 
a strange scene. As the sun disappeared from 
sight, men and boys poured forth from homes hum- 
ble and rich, and out of every alley and street is- 
sued the multitude, thronging and crowding toward 
the market place or forum, to hear how events had 
gone in the great outer world. A merchant, who 
had just landed a cargo of wheat, from Egypt, told 
of a riot he witnessed in that distant city. A sea 
capiain pushed into p'ominence a poor spent sailor, 

d told how he had found the mariner clinging to 

me drift-wood, off the coast of Cyprus An offi 
cer brought news from the troops in Macedonia 
With prophetic excitement the rough-and-ready 
soldier described the brave youth who had organ- 
zed the mountain tribes into an army. What cour- 
age was his! What beauty and chivalry! What 
wonder of devotion did he stir in his followers! 
When the Grecian efficer asked his allegiance, the 
mountaineer bade one servant plunge a dagger into 
his heart, and asked another to leap over the preci- 
pice. When both had instantly obeyed, the young 
rebel turned to the Grecian and said, "I have yet 
io.cco soldiers like unto these." Then, while the 
murmur ran round, the wise shook their heads, and 
looked with fear upon one another. When the sol- 
dier had ceased speaking, Alcibiades arose, to se' 
the crowd into roars of laughter, with a humorous 
rrwC&Ufit -i '.'' \ ", L " ; "''' race which he had witnessed 

uring his visit to Thebe"s7 



— * HOME * AND * FAMILY *•— 

THOU ART, O QOD. 

Thou art, O God, the life and light 

Of all this wondrous world we see; 
Its glow by day, its smile by n "fit, 

Are but reflections caught from thee: 
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine, 
And all things fair and bright are thir e! 
When day. with farewell beams, delays 

Amc ng the opening clouds of even, 
And we can almost think we gaze 

Through golden vistas into heaven, 
Those hues that mark the son's decline, 
So soft, so radiant, Lord, are thine. 
When night, with wings of starry gloom, 

O'ershadows all the earth and skies, 
Like some dark, beauteous bird, whose plums 

Is sparkling wth a thousand eye*. 
That sacied gloom, those fires divine, 
So grand, so countless, Lord, are thine. 
When youthful spring around us breathes, 

Thy spirit warms her fragrant sigh; 
And every flower the summer wreathes, 

Isborn beneath that kindling eye: 
Where'er wc turn thy glories shine, 
And all thiDgs fair and bright are thine! 

— Selected by Fred Ulrich. 



"BIBLE FIRST, PAPA." 

SELECTED BY ANNIE BRENEMAN, 

About forty years ago a Christian man sat at his 
fireside in Philadelphia. Nearby him, playing on 
the floor, was his only child,— a beautiful little boy. 
It was early in the morning, The day's work had 
not yet begun; and, waiting for his breakfast, it 
may be, the father took up the daily paper to read. 
The boy at once climbed into his lap, and snatched 
away the paper, exclaiming, " No, no, papa! Bible 
firs v , Bible first, papal " 



That lesson, ta-ight by a little child, was proba- 
bly a turning point in the life of that man. Death, 
soon came, and tore away the sweet little preacher, 
but his morning sermon was never forgotten. The 
business man, in his loneliness and sorrow, went 
forth to do his work for Christ. "Bible first, pa- 
pa' " was ever ringing in his ea;s. It became the 
motto of his life. He was exceedingly prosperous 
in business. Wealth accumulated, business ir- 
creased, friends multiplied, but uppermost in that 
man's heart was the precious Word of God. He 
read and studied it. As teacher and superintendent 
in the Sunday school, he taught it. He did more 
than this,— he practiced its precepts. 

Would not the child's cry, " Bible first, papal " be 
an excellent motto for every brother and sister in 
our own Fraternity, as well as for every professor 
of religion! 

KEEPINO UFfi CHEERFUL. 

In one of her letters, in a recent issue of the Chris- 
tian Herald, Margaret E Sangster tells how one 
woman manages to make life more pleasant for her- 
self and others. She writes: 

I had not seen Seraphine in twenty-five years. 
That is a large slice in a life-lime, Priscilla, who is 
only eighteen, regards five and twenty as mature, 
■ h nks of forty with positive horror, and so 
when I tell her that Seraphine and I were girls when 
we parted and women with families growing up 
when we met, she laughs and turns away. 

"Now you are going to have a reminiscent fi>, 
Aunty," she sayp, "and I'll just get rxy knitting 
and sit down and listen to you." All the girls are 
knitting in these days, and very warm and pretty 
are the garments which arc turned off by their nim- 
ble needles. It is sn old fashion cenre up again, as 
old fashions do, if you will only give them time 
enough. When I was a girl, every woman used to 
knit, and a very quiet womanly occupation it is, giv- 
ing time for thought, or for talk, as an expert kni'.- 
ter does not have to keep her eyes all the while on 
her clever fingers. 

To return to my story. Priscilla brought her 
work, a sweater for Harry, and I took my bit of em- 
broidery and then I told about Seraphine. 

Of all the girls who were young with me, Sera- 
phine Ainslie was the prettiest, the most daring, and 
the most interesting. She had dark red hair, a won- 
derful eomplexion, and brown eyes. Her playing 
and singing, her riding and driving, her skill in sew- 
ing, and her housekeeping, all did credit to her 
bringing up. When she married Hugh Reynolds, 
and went west to live, none of us dreamed that she 
was about to enter en a li'e of hardship, of endur- 
ance, of strife and poverty, anH of real loneliness. 
You see we had only the vaguest conception of what 
life must be for a woman in a newly-settled country, 
I heard from time to time, or rather I read be- 
tween the lines in Seraphine's occasional letter?, 
that life was not a play spell for her. But, till I saw 
her, coming down the path from her house to the 
gate, with hands stretched out to bid her old school- 
mate welcome, I did not realize what the years had 
robbed her of. Later, I ;eal zed what the years had 
given her, 

She was thin and worn and a little bowed in the 
shoulders. She had nuned so many babies and 
scrubbed so many floors and done so much hard 
work, that her cheeks had lost their lovely roses 
and her mouth looked sunken and drooping. Only 
her beautiful shining eyes were just the same and 
her rare smile was like the Seraphine I u:ed to know 
and love. Dear Seraphine! I found out that she 
could still laugh, that her smile was as quick as 
ever, and that she was a very happy woman. Hard 
wcrk cannot daunt the soul of a wife who is honor- 
ed and cherished; of a mother whose children are a 
credit and a blessing to her. 

"That," said Priscilla, "depends." She pursed 
her lips reflectively. " I suppose," she added, "that 
in your friend's case, her husband and children 
helped her all they could," 

"They certainly did, my dear. But my point is 
that Seraphine never gave up entirely to the domes- 



Jan. 8, 18 



THE GOSPEL IVL'ESSEiN'GrEie,. 



27 



tic routine. She kept house moderately. Some- 
times she let things go. Sometimes she managed 
to let the children eat plain (are, and she wasn't 
troubled if there was now and then a window-pane 
not quite as bright as a looking glass. She told me 
that she had never given up her habit of reading, 
that she kept a large book on hand like 'Gibbon's 
Decline and Fall of Rome,' for example, and read 
it straight through, a little every day; that she took 
time to call on her neighbors, though to do so 
meant a half day taken from other thinps; and 
that she had never lost the precious habit of re4 
Bible study. Another thing she had kept, and that 
was her music. She sat do.vn at her parlor organ 
and played old tunes and hymn tunes, and her boys 
and girls sang, and, Priscilla, she was an interesting 
woman. She was more interesting in her middle 
age than she had been in her youth." 



>~* CORRESPONDENCE *~< 



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I (I, 






ell. 



C^-Church News solicited lor this Department Ii you have had a good 
meeting, send a report of it, so that others may rejoice with you. In writing, 
give name of church, county and state. Be brief. Notes of Travel should bo 
as brief as possible. Laod or other advertisements are not solicited for this 
department. Our advertising columns afford ample room [or that purpose. 



Preaching to the Prisoners. 

As the calls for mission work in our District were 
more than cou'd be filled by the missionary ap- 
pointed by District Meeting, the Board called on 
me to do part of the work. 

Dec. 6 I went to Atchison, Kans. Here I found 
most of the members strong in the faith. I held a 
two weeks' series of meetings. The weather being 
very unfavorable, we thought best to close. While 
the weather was good, we had good attendance. 
Here, as elsewhere, there are many fine weather 
Christians. While we had no accessions, some said 
they would come soon. 

Dec. 19 I went to Lansing, to preach in the State 
Penitentiary, at 10: 30 A. M. The prisoners (910 in 
number) took their places in the large chapel. 
1 Together with the attendants and visitors, our con- 
gregnion was nearly eleven hundred. In rising be- 
fore this great sea of faces, knowing that thty are 
in prison walls, and some, too, because of gross 
crimes, strange feelings come to a mini'ster,— feel- 
ings that I shall never forget. I had to think, " Am 
I doing my duty, as a minister, in bringing souls to 
Christ? " Just such lost ones Christ came to save, 
etc. 

- Take the prisoners on the whole, and they are 
not as bad looking as we would suppose. While 
many appear to be degenerated, there are a great 
many fine-looking men. Almost all classes are 
represented in our State prisons, — judges, lawyers, 
bankers, and, I am sorry to say, preachers, doctors, 
etc. 



Strong drink is the caus< 
them being there, either 
may every parent a:k hit 
tonight?" 
Sabilha, Kans. 



of seventy-five per cent of 
lirectly or indirectly. Oh 
lself, "Where is my boy 
C. J. Hooper. 



The Mt. Perry Debate. 



Ikijuiries concerning the Mt. Perry Discussion, 
as to how it was conducted and its results, prompt 
the following report: 

The services opened each morning with devo- 
tional exercises by the D.sciples, using their selec- 
tion in song service. The afternoon session was 
opened by the Brethren, using the Brethren's 
Sunday School Song Book. The Disciples had 
employed an efficient chorister to conduct their 
song service, who also took an active part in the 
Brethren's song service. The congregation har- 
moniously united in singing. This village is noted 
for its church-going people. There are three 
churchhouses close together, representing three 
different denominations; also a large academy, 
in which Bro. Leckrone had been principal for 
some time. While in that position he was called 
upon to officiate on several funeral occasions; 
also at other times. It was soon observed that 
his mode of applying the Scriptures conflicted 
with the popular doctrine which had been held 
forth in that place, and, if let alone, might prove 
detrimental to their cause. This brought about 
the discussion. Many were present who never 
before heard the doctrine of the Brethren. 

Eld. Martin is a middle-aged man of a robust 
constitution, physically. He is a man of ability, 
and used his best energies to sustain the doctrine 
of his church. His deportment toward his oppo- 
nent was that of a refined Christian gentleman. 
Bro Leckrone is a young man and, as yet, is but 
little known throughout the Brotherhood, As for 
literary attainments he, perhaps, had the advan- 
tage of his antagonist. Though the discussion 
was spirited throughout, the ^jg^-^i-.' i c - Jq r. ^-*vss> 
vaileft—The dffctrihS- of the Brethren being so 
logically and forcibly presented and sustained 
throughout, caused quite a sensation. The Breth- 
ren regret that it was not published in book form, 

Benjamin Leckrone. 
Zi -ntown, Ohio, Die. 24. 



of 



Brethien in caring for the Lord's 



succesi 

cause in Virginia. 

I spent one day with the Brethren's school at 
Bridgewster. That school is realizing a growth, 
and the work of the school is very satisfactory to 
that church district. I was well pleased with the 
church influence surrounding the school. The ne- 
cessity of exemplary brethren, in charge of our 
schools, cannot be overestimated. 

The results of placing our young members in 
school under the influence of those, not in sympa- 
thy with the rules and doctrine of the church, can 
be safely imagined. 

Bro. Walter Yount, who is in charge of the 
school, is not so well kn iwn personally in the 
Brotherhood, but, as a literary man, he is of influ- 
ence in the circle of his acquaintance. 

I, J. ROSENBERGER. 

Covington, Ohio. 



From Tennessee. 



Notes and Jottings. 



After the services, the chaplain, a very worthy 
I gentleman, told the prisoners that if any of them 
desired to talk to me, they cou'd have the privilege. 
We talked with a number of them on doctrinal sub- 
jects. (We are not allowed to preach doctrine in 
the public service.) One man seemed to be thor- 
oughly convicted of sin. We explained the Scrip- 
tures, as understood by the church. He said he had 
been studying the Bible for some time, and that 
was the understanding he had of it. He demanded 
baptism, and we took him into church fellowship 
by Christian baptism. I saw him the day follow- 
ing. He did not seem to care for prison walls. 
Having Jesus in his soul, he was happy. He wants 
all the brethren and sisters to pray for him, that he 
may hold out faithful. 

I believe there could be another Pentecostal Day 
if we were allowed to hold a series of meetings 
there, and preach the whole truth, but it is right to 
obey the rules, as all classes and faiths are thrown 
together, and it might cause dissatisfaction and 
trouble. 

Take it on the whole, the prisoners are well fed, 
well clothed, and very well treated, but, if able, 
they must work. The thought of being in the peni- 
tentiary, and the stain upon their character, is prey- 
ing upon the minds of many of the better class, 



The Ministerial Meeting of Northeastern Ohio 
proved to be a meeting of considerable interest. 
One of the features of special interest was the hour 
spent in hearing brethren answer the queries as- 
signed them, which had been handed to the com- 
mittee by members of the meeting. Tc me was 
handed the query, " How ought parents to dress 
their children?" The question was not a dif- 
ficult one, but exceedingly important to every 
truly converted parent. The query, of course, re 
lates to the youthful age of the child,— the time 
when all successful training should begin. It is a 
most painful sight to see a plain, meek, modest- 
looking mother with a little belle of fashion by her 
side. The wife of a high railroad official was once 
at one of our meetings. She seemed candid and 
devoted, and became convinced that our plain and 
literal view of the Scriptures is correct. In one 
of our conversations, she raised this question, 
'Your doctrine being so plain and well founded, 
why is it that you lose such a large per cent of your 

young people?" It was a grave question. After a 

moment's hesitation, I said, " I think it is largely 

due to a lack of care in their youth." 
While on our visit to the Mill Creek church, Va., 

we had several children's meetings. On Sunday 

morning following their love feast, I would esti- 
mate we had fully three hundred children in that 

meeting. The watchful care of parents is so great 

that I counted but three little girls that had hats 

on, in all that vast number. With such child rais- 
ing the prospects for gathering their young people 

into the church is very encouraging. The Mill 

Creek church has over one hundred and fifty young ... 

members. I was very favorably impressed with the ' Billi\ Tmn„ Dec. IJ, 



One month ago to-day, our family, consisting of 
my invalid companion, son and wife, two daughters 
and self, arrived at this place, and were warmly 
geeted by the two brethren, three sisters, and their 
kind neighbors residing here, which, in a degree, 
healed the rending smart, caused by the "good, 
byes " the day before, as we took our leave of the 
loved ones of the Ludlow church, with whom we 
lived and labored for nearly thirty long and anxious 
years. If partings in time are so hard to endure, 
what would they be in eternity I 

Since our arrival Bro. and Sister Teeter, of South 
Dakota, have come to make this their future home. 
We now number thirteen. 

We find the people here kind and hospitable, ex- 
tending a warm hand of welcome to all worthy im- 
migrants from the North. There is apparently no 
bitter feeling remaining in consequence of the late, 
cruel conflict between the North and South. Thank 
God that the things that are behind can be so far 
rSigoueur- " "'•' " -"■- •■ — «Ii ' ■ ' ■■'•.• ..• ;- f»- 

We have no place of our own in which to hold 
public service, but the Missionary Baptists have 
kindly tendered us the use of their house, three 
Sundays out of four, for preaching service, which 
offer we gratefully accept, and expect to have serv- 
ices regularly every two weeks, at least, 

I consider this part of the South a broad, open 
field for missionary work, and if our conception of 
Christ's teaching is correct, I consider work here as 
important as at any other place on earth. This is a 
good place for young and middle-aged ministers, 
full of the genuine missionary spirit, guided by the 
Holy Ghost, to not only talk, but do missionary 
work to the honor and glory of God, by becoming 
citizens, and living, as well as pyiaching, the religion 
of Jesus Christ, and thus, by "spreading out," 
make room, in some of the crowded churches of ihe 
North, for other talent to be called into action, that 
is now lying dormant The Creator has so diversi- 
fied the climate of this goodly land, that, if one 
does not enjoy the rigors of the northern winters, 
he has the open field of the Sunny South, inviting 
him to a home within her borders. 

The religious people of this town and vicinity 
represent mainly the Methodists, Baptists, and Dis- 
ciples, each having a number of earnest adherents, 
zealously working for the cause they have es- 
poused. The moral atmosphere of the community 
is commendable. 

Any of the readers of the Gospel Messenger, 
who contemplate seeking a home in the South, can 
get information concerning the resources and finan- 
cial opportunities of this part of the country, by 
writing (enclosing stamp) to Bro. George Teeter, 
or Mahlon Shellarger, Bells, Tenn. It is, however, 
always advisable to see a country before arranging 
to locate. Several active ministers, who are sound 
in the faith, would be warmly welcomed by this lit- 
tle body of members here, as I am now far down 
the western slope, and, at best, cannot expect to be 
of any service many more years. May the Lord of 
the harvest send laborers into this new field! 

Jesse Stutsman, 



TXr^E GOSPEL IMTZESSZEItSra-IEIR,. 



Deatn of tld. S. S. Barklow. 

At his home, near Norway, Ore., surrounded by 
his family, Bro. Barklow passed to his heavenly re- 
ward, on Friday morning. Die. 17, 1897, aged 56 
years, 4 months and 20 days. 

Bro. Barklow had been in ill health since last 
June. As a true servant of God, he said, " Not my 
will, but the Lord's will be done." During all his 
tffi ction he shov/ed forth to all strong faith in all 
ot God's promises. Funeral services were held a> 
thefam>Iy residence, on Sunday morning. Many 
sorrowing friends followed his remains to the Nor- 
way cemetery, where they laid all that was mortal 
into 'he tomb. 

Bro. Barklow was born July 27, 1841, in Union 
County, Pa. When seventeen years of age he gave 
his heart to God, and put on the Christian armor. 
June 13, iS5i, he was married to Mary Studebaker, 
to whom were born two sons. The youngest, Dr. 
J*c b S Barklow, died June 1. 18S9. Their mother 
died March 2(, 1S66. Sept. 9, 1865, Bro. Barklow 
was mar -ei to Annie Miller. They lived three 
years in Keokuk County, Iowa. Then they moved 
to Boo-e County, sa^e State. They lived there 
four years. Then, with his brothers, Kid. David 
and John Birklow and their families, they started 
westward and reached their new home in Coos 
County, this State, in A'igust, 1872. The following 
year what is now known as the Coquille Valley 
church, was organzei at the home of our departed 
brother, Nov. 22, 1S73, it heing the second organized 
church in Oregon. Bro. Ba'klow was elected to the 
deacon's offi e in .86 j. and. in 1S70, to the ministry 
of Gad's Word. In 187 1 he was advanced to the 
seconH degree of the ministry, and to the eldership 
in 1887 Bro. Barklow's greatest joy was to see 
sinners come home to God. His pleasure was to 
perform all his duties in his labors of love. He 
was willing to sacrifice for the church, — an earnest 
speaker and missionary. Funeral sermon by the 
writer, from Ps 1 6; 15 Geo. C. Carl. 



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Notes k from < out * Correspondents. 

^ATcold^ater to a thirsty eoul, so is good news Irom a t.tr country." 

INDIANA. 

Elkhart.— We have just reorganized our Sunday schcol 
Sister Ida Roose is our Superintendent. The schocl is in a 
g^od working order, and is held each Sunday, at 9: 15 A. M.— 
7 H Miller, Dec. 26. 

Middletown.— Christmas Day we held our church council 
at the old church. On Sunday brethren Henry Fadely and 
Hoover gave us an able Christmas sermon. During tfce year 
1 had the pleasure ol attending seventy meeting* here, for 
which I feel verv thankful to God.—/". J. E. Green, Dec. 27. 

Bachelor's Run.— Bro. A. G. Crosswhite, one of onr home 
ministers, began a series of meetings at our upper house, Nov. 
29, and CDnlinued each evening till Dec. 22. Several day 
meetings were also held. Bro. Cnaswbite had large and at- 
tentive •"ongregatiuns —J. G. Stinehaugh, Flora, Ind., Dec. #5, 
Yellow River.— Last Sunday was quarterly review in our 
Sunday school. Instead of the review we were lichly enter 
ta-ned by a lecture on the life of Paul, by Bro. Milliard Myers. 
He gave the history of Paul's life from his youth to his lift's 
end. Bro. Myers freipently exposed a desire to be like 
Fanl.— Jtto. W. Sellers, Bourbon, Ind* Dec. 28. 

Tippecanoe.— We just closed a series of meetings with one 
accession by baptism. Eld. G. D. Zollers, of South Bend, 
Ind., came to us Dec. 6, and held meetirgs un'il Dec. 23. 
Next dav Bro H. H. Brallier came, and closed his meetings 
on the niebl of the 25th. We had good preaching and a fair- 
ly good audience — Daniel Rothenbcgcr, North Webster, Ind,, 
Dec 27. 

Muncie.— Our meetings and Sunday school are growing in 
interest Yesterday, at the opening of the Sunday school, 
Eld. D. H Replogle and Bro. Ox'cy. of the Buck Creek 
church, came in Bro. Replogle preached for us at the fore- 
noon service. After the services we went about foar squares, 
to the beautiful White River, where we had the privilege of 
leading two more souls into its waiers, and " bury them in bap- 
tism." Rom. 6: 4— Geo. L. Studtbak:r, Dec. 27. 



Wabash —An interesting series of meeting?, conducted by 
Eld. Daniel Shively, commenced in this church Dec. 10, 
closed on the night of Dec 26. The attendance was good, ex 
ceptingafew nights, when the rain prevented. A pleasant 
feature of the meeting was the attention paid to the Sanday 
school children by the speaker, in giving them a Bible ques- 
tion each evening, to be answered at the next meeting. An 
election was held for two ministers and four deacons, with the 
following result: Ministers, John Frantz and William Liven- 
good; descons, Henry Bollinger, Samuel Brubaker, William 
Hanis and Alonzo Crumrine. Those that were present with 
their rompanions, were installed. On Sunday, Dec. 26, after 
Sunday school, we had a children's meeting. Eld. Shively 
kindly entertained the children. In these meetings Hie breth 
renhere were as-isted by the following ministers: D Wolf, 
A. Moss, J. D. Rife, M. Miller, and O. Winger, Much credit 
is due the young people of this community for their kind 
assistance in sor:g service.— Kiltie Hursh, Dec. 27, 
PENNSYLVANIA. 

Oladerun— Recently two more were added to the church at 
this place, making, in all, eight additions in 1897.— D. A. Del 
rick, k'e/lersburg. Pa., Dec, 2Q. 

Mountville.— This church enjoyed a series of meetings, 
conducted by E'd. Geo. S. Rairigh, of DentOD, Maryland. He 
preached twenty-four sermons. Two were bap'izei and one 
was reclaimed. I am now at Haleyviile, N. J., a new point, lo- 
cated in the lower end r>f the State—// E. Light, Dec. 27. 

Sra\e Spring Valley.— Eld. D. S. Clapper held a series of 
meetings in Friendscove, in the M. E. church. The meetings 
began Nov, 28, and continued till the evening of Dec. 12. 
Much good is hoped for. Eld. Clapner will fi'l the appoint- 
ment from time to tme.— /'. R. Gibson, CharUiville, Pa., Dec 

Ten Mile.— Once more our little flock was made to rejoice, 
when we met Dec. 26, for public worship. Tne*e was an ap- 
plicant for baptism. After services Bro. BottorrT performed 
the rite of baptism, in presence of a large number of spscta 
tots.— Rebecca Grablc, Beallsvillc, Washington Co , Pa., Dec. 
s8. . 

Conestoga —Bro. O. V. Long, of Abbottstown, Pa., began a 
seiics of meetings with us Dec. 4, and closed Dec. rg. We 
have nine applicants for baptism, among them several boys 
only twelve years old. This was Bro. Long's first effort 
among us, and that bis work was much appreciated, was 
shown by the full houses and the regular attendance.— Lizzie 
Meyer, Bareville, Pa., D. , . 17. 

Myerstown.— I saw in the Gospkl Mbssbnger, No. 52, on 
pace 826. Querists' Department, that the first query is signed, 
"Wm. H,. Overholizsr/' Will you please let me know where 
"hat O v^rholtzeV is Uomf^-U i™* *}9\ } Ahat wrotejt, andl did , 
not know there was another by teat name.— Wm. H. Ober- 
holtzer, Dec. s8. 

[ We suggest that the former write the latter. — Ed.] 
Bethel.- On Saturday evening, Dec. 18, Bro. John Bowser 
bfgan preaching here, and closed on Sunday evening, Dec 26. 
The attendance was good. Bro. Bowser was as isted by some 
ol the other brethren during the week None were received 
into the church, but some realized their lest and undone con- 
dition. We hive prayer meeting every Sunday evening, and 
receive great benefit therefrom — /. //. Morris, Dec 27, 

Waynesboro.— This morning Bro. D. M. Click left us for 
his home at Weyers Cave, Va. Bro. Click was with us near- 
ly three months, conducting several singing schools in and 
near town, teaching us to praise God in the song service more 
harmoniously. Daring this time Bro. J. A. Dove, of Clover- 
dale, Va., preached for us a series of interesting and instruct- 
ive sermons. Six souls were added to the church by baptism, 
and two reclaimed.—//. M. Stover, Dec. 30, 

ftarrisburg.— 1 have especially enjoyed reading the last 
three or fcur issues of the Messed ger, and I think ihe paper 
is improving in interest, spiritual ty, and beauty. I think it is 
one of the best papers issued. I love it, I am, at present, en- 
d in a week's meetings here at home, in Harnsbur?. 
meetings are being blessed of God. The woik here is 
ng iu good shape, and is moving aloDg nicely, I will 
; home fcr the Green Tree church, Jan. 3, to hold a series 
of meetings. From there I will go to Upper Dublin. I am 
still doing evangelistic work in connection with my work at 
Harrisburg.— L, frank Haas, Dec. 2Q. 

NORTH CAROLINA. 
Flat Rock.— Our church met in council Dec. 25. The 
most ncUble business of the meeting was the election of so- 
licitors, as recommended by Annual Meeting. Sisters Dora 
Miller and Pearl Miller (the youngest member of the church) 
were chosen. Seven have been added to the church at this 
place by baptism in 1897.-Z?. /'. Welch, Clifton, N. C, Dec 



Spring Creek.— Bro. John Stafford commenced a series of 
meetings Dec. 11. and closed the 23rd, delivering fifteen ser- 
mons. The members were much built up in the good cause. 
Bro. I. D. Parker came while Bro. Stafford was with us, and 
preached two sermons.— Robert Ross, Kin sic, Ind., Dec, 2$. 

North Solomon.— A series of me:tings commenced Dec. 4, 
and continued till lh! evening of Dec. 9, Then Bro. C. S. 
Holsinger, of Belleville, came to our assistance, and continued 
the meetings each evening till the 22nd. Wc have had a 
glorious meeting. Notwithstanding the inclement weather, 
the congrrgations were good, with ma>ked attention, Two 
were baptized Dec. 22, in 1I1: presence of a most solemn con- 
course.— John P. Ctine, Oakvale, Kans., Dec. 22. 

Wichita.— The members here enjoyed two very interesting 
meetings on Christmas Day, conducted by our elder, W. M. 
lohnson, and Bro. S. M. Frown. We have two regular ap- 
pointments on Sunday, besides an evergreen Sunday school, 
and prayer meeting occe a week. We met last Sunday to re- 
organize our school for the wintir. Bro. Jacob Highbarger 
was elected Superintendent, A collection was then taken for 
mission purpests. The church decided to send it the Breth- 
ren's Sunday School Son£ Book, to be used in our Sunday 
school and prayer meeting. We will then be using the Breth- 
cil, Feb. 12, preparations 
will be made for the District Meeting, to be held in Wichita. 
—Katie Highbarger, Dec. 2S, 

Fort Scott.— Our Sunday schocl enjoyed a very pleasant 

children's meeting, Dec. 26. It being Christ mis lime, and the 

of the quarter, in place of the review, the children were 

le to feel they had a place and a work in the Sunday 

schorl. Short declamations by the children, and speeches Ly 

teachers, made it both interesticg as well as instructive. 

: nse the Brethren's literature altogether,— lesson helps and 

ig books. We feel we cou'd not do successful work with- 
out them. A Melhodist minister pronounced the Advanced 
Quarterly the best he had ever seen. The little ones greatly 

joy the Children at Work. Besides the lesion, it culti- 



ading religious papers. It is also wonde: 
v they will work to bring in new scholars, t 
d card. — Mary E. Tisdale, R>cc, 2$, 



vates a taste fos 
ful to note how 

VIRGINIA. 

Hylton— On the night cf Dec. n brethren. Noah ana" Wyatt 
Reed began a series of meetings in the school hall at th's 
place, and continued until yesterday. Two young sisters 

ere buried with Christ in baptism, and one a<jed brother was 

stored to fellowship— .1/. /-. Woods, Willis, Va., Dec. 20. 

New Port.— Brethren Samuel Spitler and Joseph Foster, of 
Luray, Va., begin a series of meetings here iu Page County, 
Dec. II, and continued until Dec. 19. The brethren labored 
earnestly while they were with us, Seven united with the 
church, and others seem near the kingdom.— Geo. W. Painter, 
Kountz. Va , Dec. 2$. 

Topeco.— Brethren G. W. and R. M. Weddle, of Kansas, 
were called to their old home in Virg : n;a, on account cf the 
death of their mother,— Mary Weddle. While on the'r visit 
here, they labored earnestly for the Master's cause. Two 
were buried with Chrin in baptism.— Jacob Hylton, Dec 21. 

St. Luke.— Bro. John F. Driver, of Timbsrville, Va., came 
to our place Dec. 7, and labored with cs nearly two weeks, 
preaching fourteen sermons, with gocd congregations. The 
house was packed several limes, and the best o ( feeling pre- 
vailed throughout the meeting. Five made app ication for 
membership, but, on account of siclness, enly three were bap- 
tized, and others almost persuaded, — Jos, S. Gochenonr, Dec. 



He preached 
were well at- 

;ount of sick- 



KANSAS. 



iKa 



Bethany.— We a 

ur last < 



cla 



in our new borne. One 
Our number now is thit 
le second and fourth Su 



regular appo'ntments ar 

each month. Toe attendance and 

This church was organized a few yi 

point o' preaching by the Brethren in the Cou' ty. We 

an excellent 'arming country, and p'enty of ror m for rr 

work. Brethren, come and help us!— W. li. Bowser, 

Brun:w:ck, 'nd., Dec. 23, 



y. The 
days of 
Jraging. 



Ickerson.— The churches in Southwestc 
d that, on account of E. W. Price, the present trea-urer 
moving away, the board appointed Bro. J P. Puterbaugh, o' 
Nickerson, to act as treasurer until District Meeting, to whorx 
all money should be sent.— P. P. Dettcr, Sec, Dec. 22. 

Walnut Valley.— Bro. T. J. Yoder began a series of meet 
ings here Oec. 4. Dec 11 the church met in quarterly coun 
cil. In the absence of our elder, Bro. Dickey, Bro. J. J. Yode: 
was chosen as moderator. Our meetings closed Dec. 19 with 
no accessions, but the church was greatly benefited.— . Mollie Quincy Lecki 
' Martin, Iteizer, Kans., Dec. 2J. £ —Jacob Leek 



JO. 

Beaver Creek.— We have just c'osed a very i 
nes of meetings, conducted by Bio H. C. Early, 
twenty-two excellent sermons. The me-tings 
tended. Six accepted Christ by confession 
Many others seemed almost persuaded. On act 
ness in Bro. Early's family, ths meetings were closed at a 
lime when everybody thought a bountiful harvest was about 
to be reaped. On Sunday morning, Dec. 19, Bro. Early con- 
ducted a children's meeting at the church, assisted by breth- 
ren H. G, Miller and A. S. Thomas. Th"s was the first meet- 
ing of the kind ever held in ths Beaver Creek church, and it 
certainly was a most intere ; ting one. At our December coun- 
cil two wandering ones were reclaimed for Christ. We have 
sent, as a Thanksgiving offering, f>it, to suid the Messenger 
to the poor. The Beaver Creek church ij not yet what it 
might be, but the rapii prcgress she has made, in the last fif- 
teen years, is encouraging. To-day her prospects are bright- 
er than they have ever been before.— M. B. Miller, Dec. 23, 
OHIO. 
Qlenford.— Please correct in the MESSftNGSR, a mistake in 
the report of the Mr. Perry Debate. The report says that I 
exhibited a chart showing trine immersion to he the prevail- 
ing practice for the ''past six centuries" It shou'd have 
siid, for the " first six centuries."— Quincy Leckrone, Dec. 2J. 
Jonathan Creek.— During the year 1897 twelve were bap- 
tized, and three received by letter. One was lost by death, 
two by letter, and one expelled. This still leaves a gain of 
twelve. The membership is about one hundred and eighty, 
scattered over four different Counties. In this church there 
have been three debates The first one was between Eld. 
Jesse Scoffield and Mr. Hinkel, of the Lutheran church; the 
second between Bro. Silas Hoover and Mr Zartman, of the 
German Reformed church. The third was between Bro, 
d Eld. Mart n, of the Campbellite church. 



, Dec. 30, 



Jan. 8, 189S. 



THE GOSPEL rMTIESSE^a-EIR,. 



Tuscarawas.— A series of meetings va-> begun in wbat is 
known as the Er'en church, on the evening of Dec. 4. Bro. A. 
I, Hees'and, of Smithville, Ohio, did the preachinj. His ser- 
mons were appreciated. One decided to walk with the people 
of God. The meetings were well attended, and the attention 
excellent —Reuben Shroyer, Otierbein, Ohio, Dee. 22. 

Arlington — We recently had a very pleasant series of 
meetings at the j >int bouse of the Salem and Wolf Cte;k con- 
gregations, conducted by Bro. Quieter Calvert. Meetings be- 
gan Dec. I, and closed Dec. ig, in all, twenty-ax sermons. 
Three accepted Christ. Bro. Calvert did not shun to declare 
the whole Gospel.—/. W. Fidlcr, Centre, Ohio, Dec, 25. 

Portage. —Dec. 26 closed a series of meetings, conducted by 
Bro. C. L. Wilkins, who came to this place en the evening of 
Dae. 4, and preached each evening. A number of day meet- 
ings were a!s3 held. Attendance and interest were good. 
Two were baptized, and others seemed to be near the king- 
dom, Our elder, J. C. Witmore, who has been in poor health 
for some time, is a little better at present.— J. B. Kyser, Clov 
er.tale, Wood Co., Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Jonathan Creek — We recently held a short series of meet- 
ings in ihe Greenwood cburcbhous-, Two were baptized. 
Oi-e of thsm tad formerly been a member of the Discipl 
church. This mectmg was held in the vicinity of the Mt. Per 
ry Debi'e. Since the " Debate," we have added to this con 
grejation, in all, fifteen members, and there are other appli- 
cants. We have organized a very interesting Bible class, with 
a large attendance, at the Greenwood church. The c'a?s 
meets each Tuesday eveniug.— Quincy Leckrone, Glcnford, 
Ohio, Dec. 33. 

Palestine.— We closed a very pleasant series of meetings 
lait evening, Dec. 28, at the West Branch house, held by Eld. 
Henry FranU, who be^an the meetings Dec. 14. preachiDg 
seventeen sermons. While there were no accessions, the 
church was strengthened in Christian love and fellowship. 
Sister Fraiitz is in delicate health, but we were glad that she 
was able to spend a lew days with the members of ibis place, 
during the series if meeting;. Oar quarterly council occurred 
Dec. 22 One was aCd;d to the church by baptism sine 
last repott— Daniel Bailsman, Baker, Ohio, Dec. 2). 



Indian Creek - 



injoyed a very pleasant and proliUble 
s of meetings, beginning Dec. 11 and closing Pec. 22. 
J. L. Thomas, of North Dakota, conducted the meetings 
J. C. Seibert, of the same Sute, was also with us, and 
us one discourse. One was received by confession and 
baptism — A. W. Flora, Maxwell. Iowa. Dec. 

South Keokuk —The church met 1a quarterly council Dec. 
18. Our Sunday school was organized Ear the coming year, 
by electing Frank Shelly, Superintendent. We use the" Breth- 
ren's literature, and are well pic ised with it We have a very 
interesting school, although our attendance, at present, is not 
quite so large as dunng the summer.- Grace Brown, Ollie, 
Iowa, Dee. 20. 

Franklin— Bro. A Wol*, of Jefferson County, I< 
a proUactd eff.rt at this church, i.i Decatur County, Di 
remaining with us till the night of tl c iQ-.h. On Friday 



a, bega 



ngert and aflhct- 
orship with her. 

ght of this con 



r Ma 






Los Angeles. -Our 1 
32x40, is now finished, 



CALIFORNIA. 



the 



. side, 



ill be 



pied Dec. 26. 

yet. Have 



No 



folded for a short 
had the coldest weather in four y 
—P. S. Myers, Dec 3}. 

Fortuna.— We are much in need of min ; sterial help at th 
place. Will not some minister, contemplating a change of 1 
cation, come and labor for us? We feel sure that a congreg 
tion can be built up here, The people seem to want lo lev 
more about the Brethren. There are six members heie. W 
would like others to come and help build up ihs Master's 
cause. We have a good country here in the Eel River Valley. 
The field for spiritual work is large enough for a number of 
ministers. Any one wishing to know more about this country, 
will please address the writer,— Mary M. Michael, Humboldt 
Co , Dec. 15. 

Colton.— Mrs. Cressmer was bapt ; zed Dec. ig. About a 
dozen others are considering the needful change. Bro, D. A 
Norciojs aided one week in singing, prayer, and one sersion. 
Bo. Andrew Hutchison was also helpful in one sermon, and, 
at the feist, Dec 23 and 2\, he, with brethren I. M, GiMael, 
Edmund Forney, J. W. Metzger, and other dear members, 
rendered us all gcod service. About seventy five spectators 
beheld thlrly three beloved d'-sciphs observe the ordinances. 
Great attention and the best of order were manifested oa the 
part of all. God surely will add more to his people here! 
About one hundred Messengers atd eight hundred tracts 
were distributed during the twenty-two meeting", Sister Can- 
field being a worthy helper in the Lord,— M. M Eshelman, 
De'. 24. 

Los Angeles.— Christmas night a goodly number convened, 
at the Brethren church, 236 South Hancock Street, to hear a 
well-prepared program rendered by the Sunday school schol- 
ars, and under the direction of Bro. and Sister Buckwalter. 
The day following we bad cur regular quarterly review, afier 
which we listened to some excellent admonitions by Eld. P. S. 
Myers. In the afternoon the r* were exercises arranged for 
the Sunday schcol children on the west side, which seemed to 
be enjoyed very much by all present. This mission school 
has been held in a tent ever sine; its organization, but wiih a 
little money, and the kind aid of brethren Buckwalter, Carpen- 
ter, and Bjone, they have succeeded in erecting a building 
which will answer the purpose very nicely for the present. 
The brother and sister in charge cf this mission school should 
be praised for the g-ood work they have wrought among the 
children at this place.— C. W. Guthrie, Dec. 38. 

IOWA. 

South River.— Bro. Wolf came to this place Dec. 20, and 
preached three missionary sermons. We feel that he did 
much good while here. — Elisabeth Watt, Dec. 27. 

Grundy County.— This church held her annual Thanksgiv- 
ing meeting Nov. 25, The missionary cause was remembered 
by a liberal donation. Last evening closed a very interesting 
series of lessons in vrcal music, given hy J. Henry Showalter, 
cfOhio. We trust the benefit derived therefrom, will assist 
in building up the cause of Christ. Next Lord's Day we ex- 
pect to reorganize our Sunday school fcr a term of s!x months. 1 
—Alda E. Albright, Ehlora, Iowa, Dec. 24. ' 



ns, and Bro, S 
to. Wo'f deliv 
i:sei $5 8o fo 
ntnaed till the 
M. Kob. One 
t Kob, Garden 



d friends 
ed sister, Sarah Scott, and had a season c 
Bro. Wolf wa; also present at our qrarter 
Bro. L. M. Kob was chosen to take the o\ 
gregation, as cur elder. W. J. Stout, on ac 
firmuies, was not able to preside longer, 
was chesen as collector for World-wide ft 
H. Duffield as agent for church literatur 
ered two able missionary sermons. \ 
World-wide Missions. The meetings we 
evening of Dec. 24, by the home mtDtsti 
made application (or memberilvp, — Jt 
Grove, Iowa, Dec. 23, 

NEBRASKA. 

South B3atrlce.— At our Thanksgiv'ng services a co'lection 
of S17 was taken up for Sis'.f r Bertha Ryan. Dec. 4 we had a 
special council for church work. Fliers Humbarcer and 
John L. Snavely were with us. BretLr:n Stephen Ycder and 
James W.Gish were ordained to the cldersb'p, and brethren 
William Beckner and Jacob S. Dell wc-e elected to ihe m n : s 
try. All were installed the sams day. Our council was held 
Dec. 18. Brethren Daniel Frautz and Noah Bashor were 
chosen to the office of deacon, and installed into f ffice. Two 
church letters were received.— Lydia Dell, Hamilton, A'ebr , 
Dec. so, 

North Beatrice.— We spent our Christmas by having a re- 
view of the last quarter's Sunday school lessons, which were as- 
signed to twelve different cnes, one lesson \o each, after 
which Bro. J. E. Your g gave us a very interesting and instruct- 
ive sermon. Bro. George Miihler, of I.diana, being with us, we 
had services again in tae evening. Ero. Mishkr gave us three 
sermons, and conducted a children's meeting. Cn Su day we 
reorganized our Sunday tchooJ, with Bro. M. L. SoUenberger 
as cur Superintendent. We have two evergreen Sunday 
schools.— C. II Price, Dec. 27. 

ILLINOIS. _^ 

.„ wfiSSSGiJ.^x^aiTA^oatl'wTfe, were received by emis- 
sion and baptism, on Sunday, Dec. 25— David Rowland. 

Pleasant Hill — The series of meetings here is now in prog- 
ress, A commendable interest is manifested in the meetings, 
as well as in our Bible school. ( 
ship cf the saints yesterday. — /< 
25. 

Sugar Creek.— Our series of meetings, held by Bro, Jacob 
Wilrmre, of McPherson, Kans., closed on Sunday night, Dec. 
26, with two additions. Our quarterly council was held Dec 
18. Some special w. rk came before the meeting, part of 
which was the forwarding of Bro. B F, Filbrun to the stco.id 
degree of the ministry. Elders Jacob Witmcre aad J. H. Biu- 
baker assisted in the work.—/- M Miller, Auburn, til , Dec. 30. 

Oakley.— To-day occurred our fourth quarterly couuci!. 
Eigcit were received by letter, and six letters of membership 
were granted Our Sunday school was reorganized, electing 
brethren D. D. Blickenstaff and S. A. Heckman, as Superin- 
tendents. Nearly thirty dollars was contributed for the 
spread cf the Gospel. Fro. M. Flory is to hold a series of 
meetings for us in Oakley, in January. Two have besn bap- 
tized since our last report.— D. J. Blickenstaff, Dec, 30. 

WISCONSIN. 

Barron.— We met in quarterly council Dec. 25 As our eld- 
er lives foity-five miles away, he could not be present. Tbe 
church chose Bro. Bowman to preside at the council. We r:- 
crganized our Sunday school with Bro. Louis Salsbury as 
Superintendent— PhiLra Hojfhein, Dee. 2;. 

Chippewa Valley.— This church met in council Dec. 4. 
Sufficient money was raised to defray our indebtedness on our 
churchhouse, for which we ftel very tbankiul We bad 
Thanksgiving services, after which a collection was taken for 
tbe World-wide Mission.— Carrie M. Bolter, East Pepin, Wis., 
Dec. 6. 

LOUISIANA. 

Roanoke —Our love feast of a week ago v/as a pleasant one. 
number of the northern excursionists, who zn at Lake 
Charles, came to us and enjoyed the meeting with us Among 
was Bro. W. L. Bingaman, of Laplace, II. How much 
nioyed his labors! This was our fourteenth lovefcast 
our organization, whea our deceased brother, J. R. 
Gish, was here. Since then we had no visiting minister with 
u;. Bro. Bingaman preached twice for us aod gave us an in- 
teresting talk, on Sunday night, on " Jerusalem." On the night 
of Dec. 24 he is to commence a series of lectures at our 
place. At present he is lecturng in Lake Char es. He ex- 
pects to remain in the South for some time and we s^all h we 
him de'iver lectures at other points,—.? A. Honbergcr, Dec. 18. 



MISSOURI 

Bethel.— Sunday, Dec. 26, we reorganized our evergreen 
Sunday schrol for 1898. Bra. J. C. Blantrm was ejected ^u- 
perint-ndent. Our Sunday school meets every Sfludav, at to 
A M. We have preaching services at !t A. M , on the first 
and third Sundays, a"d at 7: 30 P. M. cn the second and 
fouilli Sundays. Our Bthle class meets on Wednesday night 
of each wrek. Our prayer meeting convenes eve'y Sur clay 
evening at 7 o'clock; song service, Saturday eveni g. At our 
'ast regular council we dec ded to hold a " Rihle Nnrmai " 
some time in January.— 7. C. Btawon, Mound City, Mo., Dec. 

Falrvlew.— Dec. 3, Bro. F. W. Dove came to us and 
preached five sermons at Hickory Flat schoolhouse. Dec. 6 
the meeting was moved to the church, and continued until Dec. 
19. He preached twenty seven sermons. We spent t ne hour 
in prayer service before each sermon Old and young took a 
part in these meetings. Ten united with the church by bap- 
tism, ranging in age from ten to twenty yar.°, cxc< pt one that 
is the head of a family. Others are almost persuaded The 
people said it was the test meeting ever held at our church, 
This year twenty have joined hy baptism, three were restored, 
fi«e moved away, and one died. We have had two scies of 
me stings.— Nannie I/arman, Denlow, Mo., Dec. 37, 
OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 
Corded.— Bro A W. Austin will begin a 
t Calvary Creek tonight. During that tiro 
nd hold a Communion.— Maggie B. Rogers, Dec. .7. 
Mt. Hope —We are in the midst o' an interesting series of 
meetings, cor du ted by Bro, N. S. Gripe. Four have corte 
out, and others are much impressed.— E. L. Brubaker, Acton, 
Okla , Dec. 27. 

Big Creek.— This church met in quarterly council last Sat- 
urday. Considerable business was harmoniously disposed of. 
We reorganized our Sunday school by el'Ciirg Bro. Bu j mini 
Burnette, Sjperiotcndent. We met at the caurch Thanksgiv- 
ing Day, and listened to a sermon by Bro. Green Film re, aft- 
er which a collectioa was taken for the Armenian Orphanage, 
The amount wa* $1.80. We deci led to hold a scries of meet- 
ings at the church, to be conducted 1 y Brj. N. S, Gripe. We 
a'so decided to hold a series of meetings at Cushing.— Maria 
Edgecomb, Plumb, Okla., Dec. 21. 

NORTH DAKOTA. 
Des Lacs Va'ley.— We still continue to keep up our ap- 
ointments here. The weather has becu very fine, so far, ihis 
inter. We have had some c >ld days, but no blizzard* a* yet. 
ur co-laborer in the ministry, Bro. N. J. Beagle, is at home 
fain, after being at the hospital at Minot for about six wet ks, 
le had typhoid fever, and was very low for about three 
reeks. We all feel glad to see him around again, Every 
amilv of the Brethren here is taking the Mbssr>-gkk. 



1 of meetings 
/ill organize 



I Though weareall'in lim'rfeTTc^u.r/sV.ilices.'w? ,&', '3£ f&. 
I not do h ithout the paper. We expect a few m^re members to 
locate with us in the spring. We are all well pleased with cur 
new home, and invite those looking for < heap homes, on gov- 
ernment land, to lccits with us. We have two orga. ized 
churches on tbe Soo Line, in Ward G unty, that are farther 
north than Cando— the Drs Lacs Valley and the Bnw Bells 
churches We have two ministers,— the one at Bow Bells is 
an elder, and has the oversight of both churches.—^. IV, 
Hawbaker, Kenmare, N. Dak , Dec. 24, 
MARYLAND. 
Brownsville.— We, tbe m:mber3 of Broadrun church, which 
belongs ti the Brownsville congregation, have closed tonight 
a very interesting series of meetings, which was c -rnmeaccd 
Dec, 8, Dec. 17 eight accepted Christ as the C apra n of their 
ttion, and one was reclaimed. Today fnur more were 
baptised. Our meeting was conducted by Bio W M. W m;, 
of Win htster, Va„ who U a stror g defender ol the Truth.— *?. 
S. Highbarger, Burkittivill., Aid., Dec. 2/. 
WASHINGTON. 
Rockford— I wish some of the good brethren could come 
out here. I am a membt r in telisf, but I have wve* had any 
opportunity to unite with the c ur h. I do h pe the lime will 
come when a Breihren's church will be here at R'ickf. rd. I 
deiire to unite with tbe Brethren church, for I Ion* to be wth 
t e Lord's pet-p e.— Mrs M. J. Eads, Spokane Co., Was*,, 
Dec 20, 

MINNESOTA. 
W inona.-Our Bib'e school, which closed Dec 18, wai ably 
conducted by Bro. David Hollingt.r, <;f Noith Mam hester, 
In^. Tte attendance and interest were quite gcod for our 
first school. One young man,— a member ot the class, — uni'ed 
wiih the churcn. The inter* st shown by people coning to 
hear the W. rd preached, was good.— Mary J. McDougatl, Al- 
mon, Minn., Dec. 22. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 
Martlnsburg.-Nov. 22 Bro. S. H Utz. of New Market, Md., 
came to u> aud remained until Dec, 3, preaching thirteen ser- 
mons. One was received into churcn fellowship Our Sun- 
day sct-ool is still in progress, b it it is undecided about con- 
tinuing through the wini-r. We have teen using the Breth- 
ren's literature in the school, and tbe scholars all seem to ap- 
preciate it.— C. L, Miller, Dec 2 i. 

TENNESSEE. 
Lawrenceburg — We have a church f twenty -five n em- 
bers, tutno house of worship Here is a eood opening for 
Brethren lo procure cheap homes, Write me for further in- 
formation— C, W.Davis, Dec. 37, 



TlrHIIE GOSPEL IMIESSEltfa-IEIR/. 



Jan. 8, 189S. 



COKRK8PONUENCE. 



From Atlanta, Ga. 

By authority of the General Mission Board, 
Bro. S F. Sanger, of Calverton, Va., accompa- 
nied bv Bro. S. M. Eby, of Winterhaven, Fla., 
came to our city Dec. II, and organized the lit- 
tle body of members in the State of Georgia 
into a church —eight by letter and two that 
were baptized here. There were two present 
that did not piesent their letters. 

We held an election for one deacon, result- 
ing in the choice of Bro. E. D. Bashor. After 
the e'ection, he. with his wife, was duly in- 
stalled. 

The church then chose Bro. S. F. Sangi 



Calv 



Va., 



s the; 



elder. The churjt 



to be known as the First German Baptist 
Brethren church of Atlanta. After the organi- 
zation we decided to have a Communion, so, in 
the evening of the same day, we again met at 
the Barcley mission, iqi Marietta St., and had 
a very pleasant and orderly Communion, with 
six brethren and five sisicrs around the Lord's 
table. 



It being Saturday night then 
about fifty spectators present, 



night 



s Saturday 
n any other 
jthcr evenings the 
,, while on Saturday 
night they are open until n o'clock. Those 
that attended the meeting, therefore, felt in 
ested, and were very attentive. Many of tli 
present resorted to their Bibles, and some £ 
to us afterward that it was according to Sc 
ture Luther Petri 

Qj Means St., Dee. lj. 



Among the Isolated. 

As Paul and Barnabas had determined to 
do [Acts 15: 36), so Bro. J. M. Kagey and the 
vritei decided to visit the Brethren at some of 
the mission points in the Cook's Creek congre- 
gation, "and see how they do." 

The morning of Dec. 3 found us on our way, 
and, after traveling thirty one miles, over hill 
an 1 dale and mountain, we reached the first 
point, Brandywine. Here, on the morning of 
Dec 4, we held a council. Two of our deacons 
having preceded us, had visited the members, 
and reported the condition of thechurch. The 

.' 1 m,,,,, i..,., of.. I- pi. "- 

antly. In the afternoon, and at night, as well 
as on Sunday and Sunday night, we met for 
p iblic service, and had good congregations. 
The attention and interest were good On 
Monday night we held 
puim eight miles furthei 



Cios 



\e-J 1 



m.il.er 
me for 



at Bethel, a 

Tuesday, we 
:e at Smith's 



ed until Friday rac 


ming, Dec. to. 


om this point we 


went to the H 


ch, for preaching 





Saturday morning we met for cuuncil. We 
had tne report of ihe deacons, and adjusted all 
matters, we trust, to the prufit of all present. 
Ni> l)L-tter me, ins is afforded for strengthening 
and upbuilding the cause, than properly-con- 
ducted council-meetings. Differences there 
can be adjusted, aud the union strengthened, 
a d tience ad may be better equipped for the 



In the evening we he d a )o\ 
Ka,ey officiated. Not many we 



: feast Bro. 

; present, but 
the meeting was pleasant and impressive. 
The lar e crowd present g*ve the best atten- 
tion. On Sunday morning we met again for 
preaching, and had a wel-ftlled house. At 
ni«hi we held services here again, and also at 
Bethel. Mon lay morning we started home. 

Owing to the isolation of the points visited, 
and the length and difficul ie^ of the journey, 
during ihe winter months, very little preaching 
is done by the Brethren, and several of the 
p lint will be w. thorn preaching service by us 
■ be regretted, as 
an only be done 



when regul 



Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 20. 

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speaker in the second degree, and three dcr 
cons. Bro. Milton C. Czigans is their speakei 
They have no house of worship, but they ai 
preparing the lumber this winter to build ncx 
spring. If they can gel a little help, they soo; 
will have a house of their own to worship ir 
Those Seventh Day Baptists are very kind ti 
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worship, We continued the meetings till Nov 
There was one baptized and two re 
c'a'med. This congregation chose us to take 
charge of them, instead of Bro. John Frtedly 
who lives at Kock Camp, in Ritchie County 
ighteen miles away. He has become toe 
ged to sec after tlrem, and desired to be re- 
leased. 

iv. 29, in company with brethren W. R, 
Murphy and W. II. H. Shaffer, we went to 
Braxton County, to Bro. David Bosley's con- 
gregation. We were sent there by order of 
the District Meeting, to adjust some matters in 
church. All was easily settled to the 
e of God. After the council two brethren 
went to the head of Fall Run, seven or eight 
miles in the cast end of this congregation, ant' 
held a series of meetings, and baptized two,— 
man and wife. I wa- left at Fall Mills, at the 
Brethren churchhouse, to hold some meetings 
Our services were well attended. 

On Tuesday evening we surrounded the 
Lord's table, to the joy of all that partook. 
There were six baptized,— all heads of families, 
most of them from the M. E. church. Several 
others are almost persuaded to get nearer the 
Lord. This church is under the care of Eld. 
David Bosley, who is quite aged and feeble, 
but strong in the faith. His mantle must soon 
fall on other shoulders. He and his aged 
wife attended every meeting. Our meetings 
closed with a crowded house, and a promise to 
turn in the spring. David J. Miller. 
Overkill, Upshur Co., II'. Va.,Dec.20. 



PECHT.— In the Huntingdon church, Pa., EBY.— Near Lena, 111,, Dec. 5, 1S07, Sister 
3v. 19, 1897, Bro. William Pecht, aged 86 Cora E. Eby, daughter of Eld. D. B, Eby, 



years, 6 months and 6 day 
one of those quiet, hnmbl 
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CLARK.— In tl 
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it was possible for him t 
ained his physical and mi 
to the last. When his hour for 
e, he sweetly fell asleep. Fu- 
conductcd by elders H. B 
d W. J. Swigart. * * * 



b:unds of the Chippewa 

of diabetes, Emily Clark 

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BITTNER— HORNER.— At the residence 

Sfjfcfc ftr;:;;;^ gp&ttrJtai j$- ;::.,;, by 4fcj 

undersigned, Bro William E. Bittner, of Gar-' 
reit County, Md., and Sister Cora Horner, of 
Meyersdale, Pa. I. C. Johnson. 

REESE— FAIRBURN.— At the home of 
the undersigned, Dec. 0, 1897, Bro. James M. 
e and Sister Mary E. Fairburn, both of 
Allen County, Ohio. David Byerlv. 

SAYLOR— MILLER— At the home of the 
bride's parents, by the undersigned, Bro. 
Frank D. Saylor, of Somerset, Pa., and Sister 
Ada B. Miller, of Waterloo, Iowa. 

SCHROCK— LICHTY.— At the home of the 
bride's parents, by the undersigned, Bro. Den- 
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Isie Lichty, of Waterloo, Iowa. 

W. H. LlCIITY. 
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of the bride s parents, in Millersville, Lancas- 
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, Enos W. Strickler, of Columbus, Ohio, and 
js Anna M. Shaub. T. F. IMLER. 



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BLESSING.— In St. Louis, Mo., while on the 
iv to his home, in New Orleans, Nov. 18, 1897, 
Samuel T. B essing, aged 67 years and 8 
onths. He was a native of Frederick Coun- 
ty, Md., but resided at New Orleans, La., a 
number of years. Pie was the writer's brother 
n the flesh. A. C. Castle. 



STUTSMAN. At Peabody, Kans., Dec. 17, 
S97, of spinal disease, Bro. Abraham Sluts- 
nan, aged 62 years, 10 mo ths and 6 days, 
During his sickness he cal ed for the elders ol 
the church, and was anointed. He leaves a wife 
and four sons. Funeral services were con 
ted by Bro. A. M. Dickey, from Job 14: 14 
Katie Yost. 
Doddridge County, W. WOLF.— At Hedrick, Iowa, Dec. 17, 1897, in 
Bro Milton C. Czigans' congregation. I fant daughter of Sister Martha and lim Alberi 
ed with Br., Martin Cocnran, at Tod 1 Wolf, aged 6 months and 20 days. The re- ,„< 
on «ne B & O R. R. I preached at mains were brought to the Pleasant Hill Th 
■ ext day Bro. church. Funeral by Eld. Daniel Zook, from sur 
een miles I Luke 18: 16. James Glotfelty. j Tii 



he Spring Grove congrega- 
Co., Pa., Sister Catherine 
Steely, aged 90 years and 20 days. Deceased 
united with the Brethren church while young, 
and lived an exemplary life to the end. Servi- 
ces by the Brethren. I. W. Taylor. 

HINSEY.— At the home of his daughter, 
Wabash, Ind., Dec. 10, 1897, of inflammation ol 
the bowels, Bro. Adam Hinsey, aged 67 years 
it months and 3 days. He leaves two daugh- 
ters and five sons. His remains were brought 
to North Manchester. The 
preached at the church west of 
the graveyard near the church 
ices by Eld. John H. Wright, f 
REAHARD.— Near Laketo 
1897, Stella, wife of Charles Reahard, aged ic 
years, 11 months and 11 days She was a 
member of the U. B. church. She leaves a 
husband. Funeral in the Christian church, 
id interment near by. Services by Mr. God- 
an, from Job 7: 6. Sarah Reah 

BLOUGH.— In the Quemahoning church, 
mierset Co., Pa., Dec. 8, 1897, Sister Cathar- 
e, wife of Bro. Jacob Blough, aged 72 years, 
months and 24 days. Funeral services con- 
ducted by Eld. E. J. Blough and the writer. 
S. P. ZlM.MER.MAN. 

CLINE.— At his home, near Riverside, Iowa, 
)ec. 14, 1897, of heart failure, Bro. Michael B. 
nine, aged 71 years, 3 months and 12 days. 
ie was born in Ohio, and came to Iowa in 
Sj^.^rie-seTved TK^-ctiUrCluas a" deacon a 
umber of years. He leaves a wife (a sister) 
nd nine children, three of whom are members 
f the church. Funeral at the Oak Grove 
church Dec. 16, by Bro. S. F. Brewer, from 
Heb. 9:27. Tillie Cline. 

STIVER.— In Leetonia, Ohio, in the bounds 
of the Mahoning church, Nov. lS, 1897, Sister 
Catherine Stiver, nee Sumers, aged 76 years, 
2 months and 15 days. She had been a life- 
ong member of the Brethren church, having 
iccepted her Savior while sixteen years of age. 
5he was the mother of six sons and four 
daughters. Funeral services by the writer; 
.ext, 1 John 3: 2. A. W. Harrold. 

NISWONGER— In the Salem church, near 

Union, Ohio. Dec. 21, 1S97, Eva Roose Nis- 

nger, aged 72 years, it months and 20 days. 

racial services at the Poke church, from 

Eccl. 7: 2, 3, by the writer, assisted by Isaac 

Waymin. 

WILLIAMSON. — In Philipsbhrg, Ohio, 

Dec. 19, 1897, Charles Ephraim Williamson, 

;ed 1 year and 2 months. Funeral services 

the U. B. church, from Luke 18: 16, by the 

riter. Jesse K. Brumbaugh. 

CALVERT— In the Allison Prairie church, 

awrence Co., Ill , Dec. 16, 1897, Sister Rachel 

Calvert, nee Jones, aged 75 years, I month and 

12 days. Sifter Calvert was born in Adams 

County, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1S22, was married to Ira 

Calvert, Sept. 24, 1S44. Both united with the 

Brethren church in 184S. He was elder in 

charge of the Allison Prairie church a number 

of years, but was called from labor to reward 

twenty years ago. Sister Calvert 

,'0tcd and exemplary Christian life. 

She had a good memory, and could quote al- 



applii 

joyed until the day of 
;ht had failed to some 
ne what feeble, but was 



most anyScriptui 
the same. This she 
her death. Her eyi 

able logo about and attend meetings. She e 
joyed her usual health until, without warnin 
calmly and peacefully fell asleep in Jest 
ee sons and four daughters (all marrie 
:ive her. Funeral by the writer, from 
1.4:7,8. S. W. Garber, 



purpose was to complete both a literary and 
Bible course, and then devote her life to mis- 
sionary work. The Lord saw otherwise, A 
cold, contracted last May, rapidly developed 
into consumption, thus terminating her prom- 
ising life. She had been a devoted sister 
about ten years. Sermon by the writer, from 
Job 38: 17. J. G. Royer. 

BEAVER.-In the Carrington church, N. 
Dak., Dec- 12, 1S97, Henry Beaver, aged 68 
years and 4 days. He formerly lived in the 
Spring Creek church, Chickasaw Co., Iowa, 
and emigrated to North Dakota last March. 
Services by Eld. D. H. Niccum. 

D. H. Snoweerger. 
ZIGLER— In the Linville Creek church, 
Rockingham Co., Va., Oct. 22, 1897, Mary 
Ruth, daughter of Bro. Michael and Sister 
Mollie Ziglcr, aged 3 years, 3 months and 13 
days. Sister Zigler had gone, about a week 
ous, to Ohio, on an extended v sit, but 
ailed home to see her little daughter laid 
in her last resting place. Funeral servi- 
t Linville Creek, from Ps. 126: 5, 6. 

D. Hays. 
EVANS.— In the bounds of the Snake 
Spring church, Bedford Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1897, 
Eliza Evans, aged 75 years, 6 months and 16 
days. She leaves one son. Funeral service by 
David Snyder and Samuel Cakerice. 

GRIMES.— In the bounds of the Snake 
Spring church, Bedford Co., Pa„ Nov. 28, 1S07, 
Mary Grimes, aged 30 years. She leaves a 
mother, a husband, and six small children. 
Funeral service by brethren J. M. Mohler and 
Solomon Hershbergcr. 

George A. Snyder. 

CRIPE.— In ihe Elkhart church. Goshen, 
Ind., Dec. 13. 1S97, Bro. Benjamin J. Cripe, 
aged 70 years, 3 months and 20 days. He was 
born in Montgomery County, Ohio, Aug. 23, 
1827. Deceased had been afflicted with drop- 
sy, which developed into blood poison He 
leaves a Wife, three sons and three daughters. 
Funeral services conducted by Eld. George 
Swihart and Bro. Levi Hoke, from 1 Thess. 4: 
David R. Myers. 



WEIMER.— In the Uni 
larke Co., Ohio, Dec. 1; 
/eimer, aged 51 years, 2 m 
he was born in Rocking 
Oct. 4, 186^. Her maiden 



City church, 
897, Catherine 

lis and 8 days, 
i County, Va., 

a about 1864. She was mar- 
Weimer May 22, 1S70. To 
line children. Two preceded 
realm during infancy. The 
ms and three daughters re- 
al West Branch church, 
uneral discourse from I Pet. I: 3, 4- 

Esta Simmons. 
THOMAS.— In the Quemahonmg church, 
Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 6, 1897, John Henry, 
n of friend Sdas and Sister Lovina Thomas, 
ed 6 months. Funeral services by the writ- 
and L. A. Blough, Mennonite. 

S. P. Zimmerman. 



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"SET FOR THE DEFEXSE OF THE GOSPEL."— PHI. . 



Vol. 36. 



Mount Morris, III., Jan. 15, 1898. 



No. 3. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

Published Weekly, at S1.50 per Annum, by 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



The Cuban Suffer 
The Day of Little 
Shall Wo Have a 1 



POETRY.— 

The Sin o[ Omission. Selected by Lizzie < 
The Carpenter's Son.-Philpp. 2: 6. By Ai 
My Prayer. Selected by Ella G. Famous, . 



ta formed in geological periods. These facts en- 
abled Prof. Walters to compute approximately the 
period when the battle occurred. He has com- 
pared the facts just learned, with the result of 
seventeen years' previous study of the mound- 
Jets, and formed the theory that the battle was 
of a long series of sanguinary encounters be- 
tween that mysterious race and the Mayas, which 
latter race came from Central and South America, 
and sought to gain possession of North America." 
It would seem, that at some remote period, long 
before the dawn of history, this Continent was in- 
habited by a strong race of people, of whom com- 
paratively nothing is known. They have faded 
from the earth, and only here and there can traces 
of them be found. 



On the Way to India.— No. 7. 
The Epist'c to the Hebrews. 

"Deaconing." By Howard Miller 

The Fourth Beatitude. By T. T. Myers 

Paul's Theology. By Mary A. Evans 

Who Can Secure a Free Home? By G. L. McDonaugh, 
Conversion. By Enoch Hoy •*.... 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,— 

Lesson Light-Flashes . .' 37 

SERMON OUTLINE — 

Christ Cleansing the Leper —Mark 1; 40-44. By John E. Mohler, . . 37 
OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

The Heavenly Inheritancc.-i Pet. 1: I-tz .....:. 37 

THE YOUNG PEOPLE,— 

Our Reading Circle. By P. B. Fitzwater 38 

Our Love to God and One Aoother, By Nancy S. Goodyear 38 

Notes Irom the Chicago Mission. By Lizzie : 



Notes Irom the Sea. By D. L. Forney. 

Giving Back the Lord His Dues 

A Greeting 

What the Little Ones Can Do, . . ] .' .' .' ! .' .* 
HOME AND FAMILY,— 

Our Aid Society. By Mary E. Brooks. . .'. . 
Evcrybudie." By J. F. Ebei 



Cultivate Cheer, 

Miss Noah 

The Stranger Within the Gates, . 



to handle steam. And what is true of this coun- 
try, in this respect, is also true of others. Espe- 
cially would this apply well to the River Jordan in 
the Holy Land. A few good dams on this stream 
would produce power enough to light up a hun- 
dred large cities in Palestine, and then have enough 
left to run all the machinery required. What won- 
derful possibilities is electricity opening up! Just 
at a time when there are fears of a scarcity of coal 
and wood, the value of electricity comes to the 
front in a way that convinces thinking people of 
the fact that we are just getting ready for actual 
business. Does it not seem that we are getting 
the world in a good shape for the ushering in of 
the millennium? When Satan is bound, and all wars 
and other evils shall cease, then the affairs of 
earth will certainly be in a good condition for Je- 
sus to take the reins of government in his hands. 



It would seem that another airy phantom of the 
skies is to pass not far from the earth on its mys- 
terious journey through our part of the solar sys- 
tem. What is known, or rather supposed to be, 
the Winnecke comet, has again made its appear- 
ance. It was first discovered in the year 1819, and 
makes its circuit through space about every five 
and one-half years. It is an immense comet with 
a large, bright head, and is followed by a trail of 
like all 



^EDITORIAL t MISCELLANY- 

The Scientific American contains an account of 
one of the most remarkable discoveries ever made 
regarding the ancient population of North Ameri- 
ca. Further investigations will doubtless reduce 
the 20,000 years to less than one-half. But we 
publish the report as it has been given to the pub- 
lic. "Twenty thousand years ago, according to 
the announcement of Prof. Walters, the Archa:olo- 
gist, in the New York Sun, a terrible battle was 
fought on the Arkansas River, in the Indian Ter- 
ritory, between the mound-builders and the Mayas, 
in which over 75,000 warriors bit the dust. He has 
reached this remarkable conclusion on account of 
his investigations of a prehistoric burying-ground in 
the Choctaw Indian country, which he has found to 
cover thirty acres, and to contain fully 75,000 skele- 
tons. His attention was first called to the remark- 
able number of human skeletons, to be found there, 
several months ago, when the Kansas City, Pitts- 
burg and Gulf Railway was built through the Choc- 
taw country. The workmen, in grading, brought 
to light tons of human bones, and a remarkable 
number of implements of savage warfare, and Prof. 
Walters set about to investigate the matter scien- 
tifically. To his amazement, he found a large 
tract literally underlaid with these relics of a for- 
gotten race. The skulls were pierced with darts or 
arrow heads, one specimen containing thirteen 
moss agate arrow heads. This proved that they 
died in battle, The skeletons were found buried 



There is probably no disease more dreaded than 
the leprosy, and no physician should say, as some 
have done, that it is not contagious. There are too 
many authenticated cases to the contrary, for it has 
been shown to be as liable to spread as indicated in 
the Bible. Moses did not urge measures to stamp 
the disease out, but he did establish regulations cal- 
culated to restrict it. The disease seems to have ex- 
isted in all ages. It cannot be entirely cured, 
though there are some remedies that give great re- 
lief. It is said to be spreading in Russia, on the 
shores of the Mediterranean, Eastern Prussia, and 

in Norway. Cases have been observed in England, I "E 1 " man y millions of miles in length 
France, and Germany. Through the Gulf of Mex- "'her comets, is moving at an amazing speed, and 
icp.Irnm fntejxam&t^ 'psy ."^Stendingjg^y by some it u thought. that it mi^ht possib^y^ike 

11 - t jc." ."" X"-\ ""'' j' t -»--' "H*i --.iTslie s nrai-or voomaif, -witm- Nfe'-.'svss &-K 

h.H mx °" e P h ^ cian in New O1-...S. has our globe. These celestial visitors are regarded as 

had 118 cases under h ls observation. Since 1840 it conundrums of the skies, and at times mav b. * 
has been introduced into Hawaii by the Chinese, verted from their course by one or more of the 
and probably nothing but wise legislation and vig- planets, but there is little likelihood of this on. 
orous measures will prevent it from spreading in coming in collision with the earth. The attraction 

th ' S Camt <y- °t the planets may veer it slightly , the right °" 

One of our exchanges says a story comes from left ' up or down ' and ,hus onward it flies with a 
Alaska, of the discovery of a lake back in the thou f and chances of missing our globe, to one of 
mountains, the waters of which are always warm. strikill £ •'• In 'act, he who has stretched out the 
Fish, in countless numbers, can be caught in the heavens ' and nas als ° marked out all the circuits 
coldest weather without trouble, for Ihe waters of l ° T the millions oi celestial orbs, has so nicely ad- 
the lake are never so cold but one could bathe in ' usted the movemen ' of every star, as well as the 



them. While this wonderful body of water is nun 
dreds of miles from the ocean, and there is no ap- 
parent connection between the two, the lake is af- 
fected by the tide, which is evidence of some sub- 
terranean channel which connects it with the sea 
The water is doubtless warmed in some manner by 
the internal fires of the earth. Lake Selawik is 
the name given to the lake by its discoverer, Fa- 
ther Tosi, a Jesuit missionary, who, for years, has 
been working among the Alaskan Indians in the in- 
terior. Like this warm lake in the midst of al- 
most Arctic cold, Christianity is an upspringing 
fountain of warmth and good cheer, and never- 
freezing hope, which will maintain its life and com- 
fort in the midst of the most frigid atmosphere in 
the world's sin and despair, 



tramps of the skies, as comets are sometimes 
called, that only occasionally, in the course of 
any centuries, do two of them happen to meet in 
their onward flight through space. 



At the Chappie Rapids, on the Menominee Riv- 
er, seven miles from Marinette, Wis , immense 
dams are to be constructed for the purpose of manu- 
facturing electricity. By some it is thought that 
the power to be obtained, may rival that at the Ni- 
agara Falls. One by one, are the streams of this 
country being harnessed for the purpose of pro- 
ducing electricity with which to run our machinery 
and light up our cities, and in the course of a de- 



During the cold winter nights it might be well 
for us to often think of the poor widow in Massa- 
chusetts, who, after giving her children the last 
morsel of food in the house, put them to bed and 
then prayed most earnestly to God for help. One 
and a half miles away lived the village storekeeper. 
At three o'clock the next morning the howling 
winds awoke his wife, and she said, "I wonder how 
that poor family on the hill is getting along? " 
She could not sleep for thinking of the poor people 
on the hill. At early dawn the next morning, the 
man started with a well-filled basket of good things 
for the home. After a hard journey through deep 
snow he came to the house, was soon admitted 
and told his errand. The poor woman told him 
that last night they had eaten the last crust, and 
told him, too, how she had asked the dear Lord 
to send food for her hungry little ones and herself. 
"So I have answered your prayer," said the vis- 
itor, and then departed, The Lord is in need of 
men and women to aid in answering prayers; and 
the reason more prayers of this kind are not an- 



cade, one-half of the power required for various 

purposes, may be produced in this manner. By I swered, may be on account of a I of willin 
I means of wires the power can be carried quite a I upon the part of some, to be used bv the Lord in 
in sand, and above the sand were two distinct stra- j distance, and delivered cheaper than it is possible j this manner. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 



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-ESSAYS 

a show thyselt a 

THE SIN OF OMISSION. 



It isn't the thing you do, dear, 

It's the thing you leave undone 
That gives you a bit of a heartache 

At the selling of the sun. 
The tender word fcrgotttn; 

The Utter you did not write; 
The llower you did not send, dear, 

Are your haunting ghosts at night. 



The 



Yo' 



The loving tcuc 
The gentle, w 

Which you had 
With trouble 



lifted 



hofthehard.de. 



ae or thought for 
gh of your own. 

Thetc little acts of kindness 

So easily out of mind, 
These chances to be ange's 

Which we poor mortals find— 
They come in night and silence, 

Each sad, reproachful wraith, 
When hope is fa : nl and flagging, 

And a chill has fallen on faith. 
For li'e is all too short, dear, 

And sorrow is all too great 
To suffer our slow compas.i m 

That tarries until too late; 
And it isn't the thing you do, dea', 

It's the thing you leave undone, 
Which gives jou the bit of a hcattach 

At the setting of the sun. 



OUR MINISTERS. 



NCY D. UNDERHIL 



Though we feel altogether incompetent to ad- 
dress so august a body, yet we feel so much love 
f, hem. and for the great bodv of immortal sovVs I Ij.ii,' j^ihr-rr.. 
which they ate lo lead and guide unto the gates of 
the eternal city, that we nevertheless venture a few 
remarks. 

By the above appellation (minister) we refer to 
both preachers and their wives, because the true 
helpmeet of a preacher must be in a very broad 
sense, " a minister." Upon her shoulders must rest 
the heaviest part of the burden of home keeping 
and the care of the family. She must also be a 
neighbor to the poor and needy all about her, help- 
ing them in their troubles and trials and sorrows 
and sickness. She must be a sister to the mem- 
bers in every sense, offering help and encourage- 
ment to the heavy hearted, giving sympathy to the 
suffering, guiding the young in a kind, motherly 
way, listening to and holding up the weak hands 
of the aged and mfirm, with daughterly affection, 
and cheering her husband ever onward, day by day, 
in his work of love and redemption. She must 
pray for his success, and help him in all his efforts 
to win souls where it is possible for her to do so 
She is, indeed, a minister to his daily needs, and 
the ceaseless necessities of her young brood, if she 
is a faithful helpmeet, but her ministry does not 
cease in the home. 

Dear young brother and sister, you have been 
chosen to occupy a place of gravest responsibili- 
ty, — a place where only the holy and pure may 
walk. You are a servant of the Most High God, 
ambassador of the Lord of lords and King of kings. 
Yet, shrink not from your duty, thinking, " My task 
is hard." Jesus tried it himself, — he tried it as a 
man, and a poor man. He had no learning. Per- 
haps you say, " He knew all things." True, but he 
received his instruction from God the Father, 
whom he came to represent, and we may obtain 
from the same source. James l: 5. He tried it 
faithfully, and he said, " My yoke is easy and my 
burden is light." If we just cast all our cares upon 
him who careth for n>, when we start out in his serv- 
ice, we will not find the way so hard as we may have 
magined. We must leave them with him all the 



time. He wi'l take care of them. Ii new ones 
come to us sometimes, we can go to him with 
them. We may have to get up " very early in the 
morning," sometimes, or even climb a mountain, 
but Jesus did those things and received strength 
for all his needs, So can we. 

Now for those "few" suggestions. (My prelimi- 
naries are like some of the sermons we read 
about,— I have never heard any of them — rather 
long.) When Jesus started out in his ministry, 
one of the first things he did was to git some helpers. 
Mark 1: 16-20. Now that is just what we want 
you to do. If you try to cany all the burden of 
soul -saving alone, you will be sure to fail. Do not 
do if; please do not. There are many souls willing 
to help you, but they, like the apostles, have to be 
asked. Do not hesitate to call on them. Jesus did 
not. Do not wait for a very long acquaintance. 
He did not. Begin to ca'l on the members for help 
from the very start, and keep on calling. Then, by 
and by, when you grow old, and realize that you 
must soon depart out of this world, you will have a 
host of faithful, well- trained workers already in the 
field, doing the work which your hands must leave, 
hence your works will indeed follow you, and that 
eternally. 

We do not mean, by seeking help, that the col- 
lection should be taken the first thing. That is a 
thing that must be done by and by, when you get 
your helpers well trained. Thy will take the col- 
lection if you have been faithful to instruct them. 
It will be a good collection, and it wi'l run over in 
a great, unchecked stream, so that some of it will 
reach even the darkened homes of heathen lands, 
and bring to the inhabitants the Bread of Life. 

There are mmy ways in which the laity can help. 
They can pray, — yes, and they can wotk too. 
Teach and encourage the children to sing. It will 
be the means of bringing souls into the kingdom of 
God, There are young men and women in almost 
every congregation who can lead in prayer or 
song, if encouraged to do so. They can conduct 
prayer meetings with profit. Let them try I It 

...ght have done belter, do not discourage, but 
jpeak approvingly of their effort. They will do 
better by and by,— much better if they keep on try- 



All this is only one letter in the alphabet of 
helping the minister. Teach the members to greet 
each other, and to be very careful to greet all 
strangers who attend Christian services. A friend- 
ly shake of the hand and a few kind words often 
means another worker for Jesus Of course you 
do not need instruction in that line. Teach them 
to be hospitable at all times, to take strangers to 
their homes, and bring them back to another serv- 
ice. That is one very, effectual way to get lost 
sheep into the fold. 

There are, in perhaps every congregation, some 
who would make useful workers in the way of tract 
distribution. Many a soul has received the first 
ray of heavenly light through a little tract. Untold 
good results from the distribution of eood litera- 
ture. Let leaflets be given away freely, and fol- 
lowed up with other literature, such as a Sunday 
school paper, a Messenger, or the loan of a book. 
If your congregation is in a city, it is well to have 
committees appointed for the different kinds of 
work. Let them understand that, while the work 
assigned is their special duty, yet it is not confined 
to the members of a committee. All should im- 
prove every opportunity for doing good. Let 
some visit the sick and suffering of the vicinity in 
which they live. Do not let these visits be con- 
fined to members of the church, but extended to 
all. Have some to look after the needs of the 
poor. Young brethren can haul and cut wood for 
the poor widow or the sick man Sisters can sup- 
ply food and clothing (with the help of the Breth- 
ren) and much good can be accomplished in that 
way. See that some of the youog brethren are 
elected to the ministry, and then train them to 
help you. Give them all the encouragement you 
can. 
Make use of your eyes and ears everywhere. An 



education is not all obtained from books. They are 
only helpers. Be a close observer, and you will have 
something appropriate to say at the right time, and 
in the r'ght place. 

Help the Sunday school, but do not run it. (Un- 
less there is a surplus of idle ministers, and a lack 
of laity). L?t some one else do that. Encourage 
the teachers and the superintendent. Teach a 
class, if it seems expedient to do so. Lead in song 
service if you are better qualified than any one else. 
Otherwise let some one else lead. Encourage all 
the workersl Do not neglect the childrenl Give 
them something to do, and help them to do it. Al- 
ways have a smile and a kind word for the children. 
They can be great helpers now, and must be the 
workers of to-morrow. 

It is utterly useless to pray the Lord to send 
forth laborers into the harvest, and then show the 
people by our actions that we expect to do all the 
work ourselves. We must show them that we ex- 
tect their help, and we will not be disappointed. A 
single remark by a wise minister caused us to 
establish daily family worship. Another remark, 
by the same minister, caused the writer to long for 
a greater sphere of usefulness, and to make an ef- 
fort to serve the Lord as she had never done be- 
fore. O.ily one sentence, — "I am glad to learn 
that you have gone to work for our dear Lord in 
G." Show the people, individually, as well as col- 
lectively, that you have confidence in them, and 
you will inspire confidence. Let them see that you 
believe they are bo'.h willing and capable, and they 
will prove themselves so. 

Never consider time wasted that is spent in an- 
swering questions or letters, no matter how young 
or ignorant, or sinful, or unpromising the question- 
er or applicant may be. These are golden oppor- 
tunities. Philip's answer to the Ethiopian meant 
a soul for Christ. Trust in Jesus! Always trust 
him. He never yet refused to help the humble pe- 
titioner who appealed to him in faith. But self, — 
that great ugly stumbling stone! Brethren, we 
have to dig a deep hole and bury that troublesome 
^IdraBMte^c'.eif dawa -out cjfsigliV before we can 
accomplish any good for the Lord. If the soil fi- 
nally gets worn away, and the ugly creature begins 
to show itself again, we have to dig the hole deep- 
er and have another burial, for if we do not, we are 
sure to trip and fall over him at last. But in your 
humility the Lord will exalt you as the stars of 
heaven. 



ON THE WAY TO INDIA.-No. 7. 

BY S. N. McCANN. 

From Port Said to Cairo -A Trip to the Pyramids— 

The Sphinx— Backsheesh. 
Wednesday, Nov. 17. — It was after midnight 
when we got to our hotel. We were told that we 
could go over to Jaffa the next day, but on going 
to Cook's office next morning, we found that our 
first chance for Jaffa was Nov. 23, so we bought 
tickets for Cairo, leaving Port Said at 3 o'clock, 
and being due in Cairo at n P. M. Ojr train was 
late, so we got to Cairo at 2 A M. next morning. 
We returned on Monday, the 22nd, in order to be 
sure of our steamer for Palestine, the 23rd. 

We came aboard at 4 o'clock, but the sea was 
rough and the vessel remained in port twenty four 
hours. All bade fair for us to stait in a few mo- 
ments (Nov. 24, at 4 P. M ) for Jaffa. 

Our vessel was an Austrian Lloyd steamer, "Ve- 
nus" by name. We were getting used to being 
late, and were also learning to be patient when our 
plans are suddenly changed. 

We spent four days in the capital of Egypt, the 
city of contrasts. We first paid a visit to the great 
pyramids and the Sphinx. On our way we passed 
many things of interest to one used to American 
life. The variety of costume, seen on both men 
and women, as they throng the busy streets, riding 
donkeys, carts, carriages, walking, sitting and lying 
down, makes a picture gallery, ever changing, as if 
in a drama, and not a picture of real life. 
We met a funeral on the Nile bridge, with the 



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35 



mourners, all draped in black, singing Iheir mourn- 
ful song. As we looked after it, a band of soldiers, 
dressed in their gay uniforms, and marching to the 
tread of martial music, took their place. One mo- 
ment we think, " What a world of sadness," the 
next, " What a world of joy! " 

We see the farmer sowing his grain broadcast on 
the receding waters of the Nile. Close by we see 
men dragging a large rake over the muck to cover 
any grain that may be exposed. A little further 
on, the water has not receded enough to sow the 
grain, and the fields present the appearance of a 
great lake, with, here and there, an island covered 
wi'h mud huts and a few palm-trees. Soon the 
pyramids are before us, but a little way off. We 
first feel that they are much smaller than we ex- 
pected to see them, but when we really get close to 
them, they have grown so much in size that we re- 
alize, though faintly, that we are truly standing be- 
fore the greatest monuments of antiquity, 

As we stand and look into the face of the Sphinx, 
and then upon the tombs of the great who have 
almost lest a place in history, we feel to exclaim, 
" How many have stood where we stand, in the 
last 4,000 years and looked with wonder upon these 
silent monuments of the pastl" As we wander 
through the palace of the Sphinx, we are made to 
wonder how soon the hand that chiseled and pol- 
ished these huge blocks of granite, will rise up in 
judgment and witness against the many who have 
looked upon this monument of idolatry without be- 
ing stirred to an earnest effort to bring this land of 
darkness and oppression to light and freedom! 

If these great piles of stone could talk, what a 
history they could tell of their country, of the op- 
pression and war, of the ignorance and superstition 
under which the land has groaned, How they 
would tell us of the many travelers who have come 
and gone while they still stand unchanged, except as 
they have given up some of their treasures of gran- 
ite and of sleeping dust to the restless hand of the 
builder and of the explorer. 

As far as the history and description of these 
wonders of antiquity can be written, the work has 
been done. We shall attempt to describe only a 
few impressions. 

We were beset by donkey boys and by sellers of 
scarabs, old coins, etc, Beggars, and boys with 
camels, swarmed around us as soon as we came in- 
to the neighborhood of the pyramids, until we 
were away beyond the reach of them, and that 
means until we were out of Egypt. 

We have been made to feel, more and more, the 
grand and glorious privilege of being an American. 
In England, and, indeed, throughout Europe, every 
vestige of true and noble manhood is taken out of 
servants, clerks and waiters by the abominable and 
cursed principle of tipping, In Egypt it is almost 
as bad, but in a different form. Here it is the eter- 
nal "backsheesh." I believe that giving "back- 
sheesh " and giving tips is wrong not only to the 
employer, but also to the servant who receives. It 
is especially wrong to the servant or person who re- 
ceives. If I wanted to act the rascal, I would have 
a splendid opportunity to do so wherever I found 
a person looking for a tip or backsheesh. I thank 
the Lord that I am a citizen of the United States, 
I am glad that the loathsome principle of tipping or 
of backsheesh does not prevail to any great extent 
in our beloved land. 

To learn to love our native land, we Americans 
need to come into the East, ' 

Our party for the trip in Palestine is composed 
of eight, p.ll Americans, six ladies, Mr, Scott, of 
Ohio, and myself. 



THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS. 

BY S, Z. SHARP, 

Not all Bible students are aware that the book, 
called Hebrews, is the most important epistle in 
the New Testament. It embodies the great doc- 
taines of the Gospel, and illustrates and enforces 
them by arguments the most cogent and lucid. It 
not only illustrates the Gospel, but explains and 



completes the law of Moses. Without this epistle, 
we can never fully understand the law, nor com- 
prehend the entire plan of human redemption. 

This book makes plain the plan adopted for the 
salvation of man and shows it in all its details to 
be consistent and harmonious. 

"Christ is the end of the law for righteousness 
to them that believe," is Paul's proposition, and he 
has proved it in a masterly manner by this epistle. 
He shows that all the rites, ceremonies and sacri- 
fices of the Mosaic institution have Christ for their 
object and end, and without Christ they would 
have no meaning or intention, and would, in fact, 
have been absurd. No premises were ever more 
clearly stated. Never was an argument handled in 
a more masterly manner, and never was a conclu- 
sion more correctly and legitimately drawn. The 
matter of this epistle is everywhere the most in- 
teresting and important, the language is most beau- 
tifully adapted to the subject. 

Such great beauty, such pleasing manner, such 
interesting matter, induce the inquiring reader to 
study this epistle repeatedly, with never failing in- 
terest. 

The purpose of this epistle seems to be that of 
showing the relation of the Old Testament to the 
New, — Moses the great leader and lawgiver, to our 
Leader and Lawgiver,— Christ; Mt. Sinai to Mount 
Zion; the Law to the Gospel; the Levitical priest 
hood to the true priesthood; the high priest under 
the law to our Great High Priest, the most holy 
place, where the high priest entered to make inter- 
cession, to heaven where our High Priest entered 
to make continual intercession; the daily sacrifices 
to the one Great Sacrifice; the altar to our altar; the 
atonement to the final atonement, In short, this 
epistle shows "the relation of the Old, to the New 
Testament, and Christ in both." Without a knowl- 
edge of this, it is impossible to understand the 
great plan of human redemption. To understand 
better this great plan of salvation, a chart has been 
prepared, accompanied by a book of explanation, 
which book and chart have received the endorse- 
ment of the Brethren's Book and Tract Examining 
Committee. Every student of the Bible, and espe- 
cially every minister, should have a copy of both, 
which may be had by sending one dollar to the 
Brethren Publishing House, Mt. Morris, 111. 

Plaltsbwg, Mo. 



BY HOWARD MILLER. 



The above caption may be new to a good many 
people, and it is well to say in the start that it has 
only an indirect reference to official position in the 
church. The origin of the word is not known to 
me, but its meaning, in this connection, can be 
made clear to everybody. 

Did you ever see a barrel of apples offered for 
sale, and all on top, and in sight, the largest and 
best, while the lower you got in the package, the 
smaller and poorer they were? Well, that barrel 
of apples was "deaconed " in the parlance of the 
trade. I believe that the start of the word was in 
New England, but the practice of it is world-wide, 
and knows no limit of time or nationality. If one 
goes through the markets, or down the streets, he 
will find, exposed for sale, all sorts of merchandise, 
and, in the vast majority of cases, the best is on 
top, and if there is any poorer than another, it is out, 
of sight. 

Now I once heard a member of our Fraternity 
say that nobody could tell from the way I started 
out, what was coming before I got through, and 
that that was one point of interest, and it may nat- 
urally seem that what will follow will be the ortho- 
dox deprecation of the practice. Let us see about 
that. " Deaconing " will not stand the moral mi- 
croscope, and that ought to settle it with the seeker 
after the right way. But there is another side to it, 
and that is, that a good many people want to be 
" deaconed," and rather prefer it. If you put all 
the little ones on top, and go to market, you will 



take less for your product, or go home with your 
load while your next neighbor has sold his, made 
his purchases, and gone home. If you have a lot 
of dull-colored rambo apples, and another has a lot 
of big, red, tasteless apples, the big ones will be 
sold first, and this altogether without reference to 
the quality. Nothing is surer than that the vast 
majority of people buy by the sense of sight, and 
not by that of taste. Undertake to educate the 
public if you will, but take my word for it, that it is 
a thankless and impossible job in your life-time, 
But, says one, shall we therefore " deacon " because 
it is profitable? Do I say that you shall? But 
there is nothing surer than that if you put all the lit- 
tle ones on top, and drive to town, the woman who 
comes out of the gate, will take one look, and say 
that she guesses she doesn't want any to-day, and 
then the next wagon, with ils "deaconed" piles, 
will find her holding a basket while the owner is 
measuring out her purchase, 

And it is a certain thing that " deaconing " and 
being " deaconed" does not begin and end in ap- 
ples. Perhaps the vast majority of the so called 
worldly churches are conspicuous examples of the 
practice. There is a big church, likely with a simi- 
larly-sized debt on it, a big organ booming away on 
the inside, a lot of people "worshiping" in the lat- 
est fashions, and a veiy distinct flavor of better- 
than-others about the whole business. Right back 
in the alley lives a woman who is making a brave 
fight at the wash-tub for a living, and, do the best 
she can, there is a shortage of good food and whole 
shoes. What business has she, or her kind, in the 
church of paid pews? That is what I call " dea- 
coning " with the Lord, and doing it with a ven- 
geance. Do you think that God is mocked that 
way? Wait and see. 

A man gives to the public with an open hand, 
and pays his help with a closed fist, He is "dea- 
coning" his life, and rather likes it, because the 
world applauds the act, though, in all the Book, 
there is no approval of that method of giving. 
The converse of all this is unfortunately true. 

Take s nva-A'-or rfefhaif.-who'sL- Nfe-is;-^ •/»:-;•; 

known, up to the highest standard of moial merit, 
most of it out of sight, and as long as he lives there 
are not wanting the many to reverse the act of 
" deaconing," and who take a delight in putting all 
his little apples on top. After he is dead most peo- 
ple are willing to let him alone, as he is out of their 
way. 

Take it all around, up hill and down, the practice 
of " deaconing" is a part of weak, human nature, 
and happy is the man who has the least of it about 
him in principle or practice. 

Leuit&xrg, Pa. 



THE FOURTH BEATITUDE. 



BY T. T. MYERS, 



Blessed are they which do hunger and thir 
for they shall be filled,"— Matt, 5: 6. 



alter right- 



Christ did not pronounce his benediction upon 
those wliojiunger for fame, or notoriety, or learn- 
ing, or gold, but for righteousness, 

This righteousness is not ceremonial, There were 
those who held tenaciously to the ceremonial law. 
They were careful of the outward, but neglectful of 
the inward, They were such as made clean the out- 
side of the cup and platter, but within were full of 
extortion and excess. There is danger of empha- 
sizing the outward of religion to the neglect of the 
inward. Neither is it a legal righteousness. It is 
not of works. No man can earn his way to heaven. 
Many people labor under a delusion, thinking if 
they do good it shall be well. They forget that 
they must be good. It is not a moral or self-right- 
eousness. It cannot be self-attained to the exclu- 
sion of Christ. Could the moral man be saved 

thout accepting Christ, then was it useless for 
Christ to die upon the cross. The righteousness, 
so acceptable to God, and so divinely blessed, is 
the real, genuine Christ righteousness, the right- 
eousness of the heart. Blessed are they who hun- 
ger and thirst for it, Christ is our righteousness. 



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THE GOSPEL 1VCESSB3STC3-EE,. 



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Notice a few things concerning th: demand and 
supplv. 

1. The supply begins as soon as the demand. As 
soon as we begin to hunger for Christ, he begins to 
fill us. When I was a boy, working in the harvest 
field, I often got very hungry, but I had to wait till 
dinner time before I got anything lo eat. Not so 
with hungering for righteousness. As soon as 
there is a demand,— a want,— the infilling, the satis- 
fying begins at once. 

2. The supply is in proportion to the demand. 
One can have much or little as he desires. You 
have none of Christ, or some of Christ, or all of 
Christ, as you desire. Your peace and joy and hap 
piness are in proportion to your real want. Then, 
too, the supply is ample to meet the needs of all 
who hunger. At home 1 sometimes bad to wait 
for the second table. I had no anxiety as to wheth- 
er mother would give me what I wanted, but I 
feared that the things I liked so much might not 
hold out till my turn came. But the righteousness 
in Jesus is ample for all and for all lime. Peace 
and happiness and joy in him are sufficient for all 
who may apply. 

3. The supply is of the same kind as the demand. 
This is true, too, in a worldly sense. If a person 
really wants the world, he can get at least a pait of 
it. If he wants worldly pleasure and amusement, 
he can get them. Likewise, if a Christian wants 
divine peace and contentment, he can have them. 
Christ embodied this principle when he said, 
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be 
a'sD." When church members long for the onions 
and garlic of Egypt, they want to return thither. 
If they are really risen with Christ, they will seek 
those things which are above. 

4. The supply satisfies the demand. Entering 
the dining room of a hotel in Sweden, you come 
first to a table loaded with victuals especially appe- 
tizing in character. Having taken a few bites 
there, you pass on and sit down at a table where 
you are served with a full, satisfying course dinner. 
If we have tasted of Christ s goodness, love, and 
fullness. The full course dinner of his grace and 
love is served farther on, and we shall then be fully 
satisfied. 

"They shall be filled." They shall be filled with 
righteousness, — the divine graces, the fruits of the 
Spirit The work of righteousness shall be peace, 
and the effect of righteousness, quietness and as- 
surance forever. Isa. 32: 17. 

Fhiladelphio, Pa 



PAUL'S THEOLOQV, 



When the Son of God was revealed to Paul, on 
his way to Damascus, he conferred not with flesh 
and blood, but immediately arose and obeyed the 
voice of God. He neither ate nor drank, until he 
had put on Christ by baptism. He had not seen 
Jesus in his humiliation, for, while Peter, James and 
John, and the other disciples, had been listening to 
the words of the Blessed Master, as they sat among 
the hills of Galilee, or along the shores of its lake, 
Paul had been a student in Jerusalem, so occupied 
with his studies, that he paid no attention to the 
wonderful reports circulated from time to time, 
concerning the wonderful works of the despised 
N izarene. 

But it was God's will that he should see this Je- 
sus of Nazareth in his glorified state. The bright- 
ness of the vision was so great, that it made him 
b'ind, but when he had received his sight, and been 
baptized, he made no provision for the future, but 
immediately surrendered himself to the guidance 
of the Spirit, who said unto him, "Depart, I will 
send thee far hence unto the Gentiles," and, for 
twenty-five, or, perhaps, thirty years, he ceased not 
to preach Christ and his resurrection. 

While, many times, the Jews sought his life, 
when beaten with stripes, when naked, and the 
blood running down his back, he was imprisoned, 
and his feet put in the stocks, he could sing and 



praise God When he and Barnabas, hungry and 
cold, foot sore and weary, amidst hardships and 
persecutions, traveled for many years together, ov- 
er the rough hills of Judca, or among the villages 
and towns of Syria and Cilicia, their one theme was 
the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

When preaching in the synagogue in Antioch in 
P.sidia, he says, " We declare unto you the g'ad 
tidings of the promise made unto the fathers, that 
God hath raised up Jesus again." 

Afterwards, in Thessalonica, for "three Sabbath 
days he reasoned with them out of the Scriptures 
that Christ must needs have suffered and rises 
again from the dead." When he stood on Mars 
Hill, among the philosophers of Athens, surround- 
ed by the beautiful and costly statues, erected in 
honor of their gods, he dared to preach Jesus and 
the resurrection. 

When he was arrested at Jerusalem, and brought 
before the Sanhedrim, he cried out, " For the hope 
and resurrection of the dead, I am called in ques- 
tion." He reiterated the same before Fel 
" There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of 
the just and the unjust." And when, after two 
years' imprisonment, he appeared before Agrippa, 
he said, " Now I stand and am judged for the hope 
of the promise made of God unto our fathers, unto 
which promise our twelve tribes hope to come, for 
which hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused of 
the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing in- 
credible with you, that God should raise the dead? " 
"Having, therefore, obtained help of God, I con- 
tinue unto this day witnessing both to small and 
great, saying nothing but what Moses and the 
prophets did say should come, that Christ should 
suffer that he should be the first that should rise 
from th; dead, and should shew light unto the peo 
pie." 

In Paul's epistles to the Corinthian?, he rea- 
sons, " For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ 
raised, and if Christ be not raised, your faith is 
vain, and they also which are fallen asleep in Christ 
are perished. If in this life only, vie have hop= in 

-■--ist we are of ■* '"■*" ■ niserable . for sin « 

by rrfL'..™^mF'aeatb, by man came also the resur- 
rection of the dead." 

Death was the sentence pronounced upen Adam 
and all his posterity for one man's disobedience. 
"For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou re- 
turn. But Jesus gave himself a ransom to redeem 
us from death and the grave, " for as in Adam 
all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, 
but (very man in his own order, Christ the first 
fruits, afterwards they that are Christ's at his com- 
ing." 

Now Paul is again arrested, and brought before 
the cruel tyrant Nero. Knowing that the end is 
near, he sends his farewell message to Timothy, " I 
charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, 
who shall judge the quick and the dead at his ap- 
pearing and his kingdom, Preach the Word, be in- 
stant in season, and out of season, . . . watch thou in 
all things, endure afflictions, . . . make full proof of 
thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and 
the time of my departure is at hand." With what 
confidence he exclaims, " I have fought a good 
fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the 
faith: henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, 
shall give me at that day, . . and not to me only, but 
unto all them also that love his appearing." 

It was not an idle boast; there was no more doubt 
or fear that he might become a castaway, for he 
had followed Jesus, had manifested the Christ in 
his body, had borne the marks of the Lord Jesus, 
had filled up what was lacking of the sufferings of 
Christ. He had preached the Word, healed the 
sick, and the signs had followed him. He gloried 
only in the cross of Christ, and when all men for- 
sook him, he realized that there was one with him 
who could sympathize with him in his troubles. 
He had patiently run the race that was set before 
him, and now the prize was in view, but he will 
sleep in Jesus until the resurrection morning, when 
the dead in Christ shall rise first. " Then, we which 
are alive and remain, shall be caught up together 



with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 
air," " for they without us should not be made per- 
fect." Heb II: 40. 
Ml. Mortis, III. 

WHO CAN SECURE A FREE HOME ? 
DV G. L. McDONAUGH. 

" Whosoever will" may secure a free home in 
heaven. There is no age limit, as there is in this 
world where one is required to wait until twenty- 
one years of age: but Christ has said to the little 
children, " Come," and he has said to the weaiy 
and heavy-laden, " Come," and to the aged, " Come," 

Again, there is no limit as to nationality, as there 
is here in this world before they can secure a free 
home; but all nations and all peoples are welcome 
to these free homes. All that is necessary is to 
study the same Book of Rules and Regulations that 
was spoken of in the article addressed to home- 
seekers, and ask God's help to understand and ap- 
ply the rules to ourselves, as laid down in words so 
plain that all who can read can understand; and if 
we do as the Book of Rules tells us to do, we will 
surely get a free home in heaven. 

Now, who is there among us who dees not want 
a home? Many of us are so situated in this world 
that we never secure a home of our own here, 
while others accumulate property to such an extent 
that their interest in securing a home in heaven be- 
comes secondary, if not entirely overlooked. They 
forget the saying, " What will it profit a man if he 
gain the whole world and lose his own soul? " — or 
home in heaven. What a pleasant thing for us to 
know that if we live such lives here below as the 
Book of Rules for home-seekers tells us we should 
live, each of us, however poor in this world's goods, 
may secure a free home in heaven, which no one 
can take from us! The beauty of it is that all these 
free homes in heaven will be alike. Tnere will 
not be some living in mansions, others in cottages, 
and still others in hovels, but all will be housed 
alike. Think what it will be to enjoy such a home, 
where there will be no death, sorrow, hunger, or 
jealousies. 

While these are called free homes (for such they 
are indeed, for we are to get them without money 
and without price), still there are some things we 
have to do to prepare us to enjoy such homes. Let 
us look at it from a common-sense view. How 
many, living in medium or destitute circumstances 
here in this world, would be prepared to enter into 
and occupy a nice free home here in this world? 
Would they not find it necessary to cleanse them- 
selves of all the filth, and to put on clean clothes, 
before they would consider themselves fit to enter 
into a newly-finished and furnished home? If that 
is the case here below, how much more should we 
cleanse ourselves of the filth of this world, so as to 
become fit subjects to occupy that free home eter- 
nal in the heavens? 

Now, of course, the question will arise, How are 
we to prepare ourselves to enter into our new free 
home in heaven? The book of rules and regula- 
tions will tell us what to do to qualify us to enjoy 
ourselves in our new home. 

Philade'phia, Pa. 



CONVERSION. 



BY ENOCH EB 



I. What is it? Not conviction, for that is simply 
the seed of conversion. 

2 It is not sorrow only; for that is the fruit of 
conviction. 

3. Neither is it a superficial change of life, for 
that may be done for policy's sake. A corrupt 
heart and a rebellious will, can be covered with a 

eligious garb. 

4. Moreover, it does not wholly consist in a mere 
profession, or union with some religious body; if so, 
all church members would, as a result, be convert- 
ed. 

Conversion, in a theological sense, means, (1) 
a change of heart and disposition, in which the 



THE GOSPEL IVLIESSEINa-IEI?,. 



enmity of the heart to Gcd and his law, and 
the obstinacy of the will are subdued, and are suc- 
ceeded by supreme love to God and his religious 
governments, and a reformation of life. (3) To 
turn from a bad life to a good one; t3 charge the 
heart and moral character, from enmity to God, 
and from vicious habits to the love of God and r> 
holy life."— Webiter. 

Therefore, the sinner must first be arrested and 
convinced, — convicted before he can be con- 
verted. The Holy Spirit is sent to convince the 
world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. 
John 16: S The Spirit convinces the sinner first, 
then directs him to the Gospel, which convicts him 
by pointing out his sins He now stands guilty 
and condemned, and, feeling burdened with his 
guilt, and sorry that he sinned against God, he 
searches the Scriptures for comfort. They cite him 
to the Lamb of God, who shed his b'ood for the re- 
mission of sins. His will now yields to the divine 
will, which now controls not only the actions, but 
the heart. All its motives and thoughts are made 
new, being now dead to s : n, by turning away from 
the very appearance of evil. He is now qualified to 
he buried with Christ by baptism into death, Rom. 
6: 4, for the remission of sins. Having now cruci- 
fied and buried the old man with him, we are also 
resurrected with him to walk in newness of life. 
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all 
things are become new. 2 Cor. 5: 17. The old 
man is completely converted into a new one. This 
is Bible conversion. The whole spirit, soul, and 
body must be blameless. 1 Thess. 5: 23. Such a 
•conversion nreds no sounding of trumpets. It will 
be known and read of all men. A church composed 
of all Bible converts, is as a city set upon a Kill 
that can not be hid, sending forth the Gospel light. 

Bocth.Kun. 



^THE * SUNDAY t SCHOOLS 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES 

The Scntitudes Matt. 5: 1 12. 

Lesson for January 3J, ifoS. 

In this lesson we have a number of the sayings of 
Christ. They are called beatitudes because they 
express the highest kind of enjoyment, — bliss con 
summated. Those who are beatified have reached 
a condition of happiness and felicity, beyond which 
there can be nothing better. 

These beatitudes, or blessings, were spoken by 
Jesus one day, while sitting on the slope of a beau- 
tiful hill, southwest of the Sea of Galilee, and were 
suggested, no doubt, from the experiences which he 
had been passing through and the observations 
made. Christ was the man among men. He came 
from heaven not only to be like men, but to be a 
man right among them. Men, women, and chil- 
dren, — none escaped his nitice, neither was the 
least want of any individual life unnoticed by him. 
His mission was-right among men, — not to be king- 
ly over them, but to help and bless them. Already 
he had been among them as a teacher and a pergon- 
al friend. It required no mediator or influential 
friend to stand between him and the suppliant, but 
the poorest and most needy couid approach him as 
an intimate friend, receive his attention and obtain 
the blessing needed. No one knew this need better 
than he. It was a new experience among these 
people, and, because of this, the thousands of ail 
classes of people, men, women, and children, fol- 
lowed after him, and, forced themselves into his 
presence because they knew that he would not cast 
them away nor turn a deaf ear to their cries. 

It was after he had been feeding the hungering 
and thirsting multitudes-, that he retired to this out- 
of-the-way place, that he might get a little rest 
from continued labor, but the object of his mission 
had been growing in the hearts of this people, and 
they were becoming so attached to him, as the 
Great Teacher, Comforter, and Healer, that they 
could not remain away from his presence. The 



charm of his eyes and the sound of his voice had 
an attraction, such as they never felt before, so 
that, wherever he went, he was thronged and 
crowded around by ihe people. 

How many of the multitude followed him at this 
time, we do not know. The text says: "And see- 
ing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, 
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him." 
The probability is that, while the disciples were his 
closest hearers, (he mu'titude was also there, at a 
greater distance, yet within hearing. 

Being touched, as he evidently was, by seeing the 
multitude, he gave expression to these most gra- 
cious words, or blessings. Let us look at them. 
Who were they for? While they were said to the 
disciples, they evidently were intended fir larger 
interpretations. As the disciples were the learners, 
he was teaching them what they were to teach to 
others, and so, through them, we have this teaching, 
and, therefore, it comes to us as it came to them. 

The blessing is pronounced upon eight different 
kinds, or conditions, of hutnaa experiences, — the 
poor in spirit, they that mourn, the meek, the hun- 
gering and thirsting, the mercii'u!, the pure in heatt, 
and the persecuted. 

These are a'l good things to be and have. None 
of us may possess them al\ and yet they are all es- 
sential to the beatified condition. To fall short of 
one of the conditions is to lose the attending bless- 
ings, and how many of these arc v.e willing to lose? 
Let us se?. The first one,— how about it? No, we 
must have this, because, without it, we cannot have 
the kingdom of heaven. To lose this, is to lose all. 
But how can we be poor in spirit? It is easy to be 
poor in this world's goods, — much easier than to be 
rich. But in this we see how good Jesus is. He 
wants us to have that which is easy to get. We 
can have this spirit, whether we are rich or poor, but 
it is easier for t is e poor, because they do not have 
so much to sacrifice to get it. It means that we are 
to fee! just as we really are, ! hat we have nothing 
of ourselves, that we are only stewards to care for 
and use thst which the Lord gives us. If we do 
this, £s the Lord directs, we do just what he wants 
us to do, and we are blessed because the kingdem 
of heaven is ou's to enjoy. 

But we must remember that being po^r in spirit 
does not necessarily mean that we must be poor in 
the things of this life, Some very well-to do people 
are quite poor in spirit, and some, who are quite pacr 
financially, are as rich as any one possibly can be in 
spirit, All depends as to how we feel and act 
towards God, who is the source from which our all 
comes. 

" Blessed are they that mown." This blessedness 
is not promised simply on the condition that we 
mourn, — weep and cry. A great many do this, and 
yet are not comforted. It means that we are to 
have the mind of Jesus, that we are not to be sel 
fish, but that our sympathies are to go out to the 
1 filleted, — to the troubled, and these who are in dis- 
tress. So did the Christ. At the tomb of Lazarus, 
and in the presence of the weeping sisters, it is 
said, "Jesus wept." As we sympathize and com 
fort others, so we shall be comforted. 

" Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the 
earth." The earth belongs to those who get the 
most ou* of it, and no one gets so much out of life 
as the meek and lowly Christian, — in this life ten- 
fold. While much of heaven is promised on the 
other side, some of it may be had while here. In 
the true and devoted Christian life, we have heaven 
begun,— a pledge of that which shall be. 

But why should those be blessed who "hunger 
and thirst?" This is very plain. If we would not 
hunger and thirst, we would not eat and drink, and 
we would die of starvation. We eat because we 
hunger, and drink because we thirst, and, by eating 
and drinking, we are filled. To be filled is to be 
satisfied, but we need more than bread, — we need 
righteousness, and to be filled with this, we must 
hunger and thirst after it. In this kind of eating 

d drinking, we can never overdo ourselves. The 
more we hunger after it, the more we get, and the 
more we get, the stronger we grow to do God's 
work. 



And blessed are the merciful, for they shall ob- 
tain mercy." This is a kind of a golden rule. The 
more you do for others, the more shall be done for 
you. And as we show mercy towards our fellow be- 
ings, so God will show mercy towards us. This goes 
even further, — the good man is merciful towards 
his beasts, and so the good boy and girl is merci- 
ful to all kinds of animals. Even dogs, cats, etc, 
are rightful subjects for mercy. If you want your 
Heavenly Father to be merciful towards you, — and 
you do, — you must show the same spirit by being 
merciful to all things about you. The boys or girls 
that cause pain for their own enjoyment, are wick- 
ed, and cannot expect that God will be merciful to 
them. " As you do to others, so it shall be done to 
yea" 

Just so it is with all the other blessings named, 
We are to be bleat as we do blessed things, and Ihe 
more of the blessed things we do, the more will be 
the blessing that we shall receive. 

What we should be especially grateful for, is, 
that every one of these things is easy to do, — so 
easy that all can do them, down to every poorest 
and most lowly of his children. If we are not 
blessed, it will tc because we will not do the things 
that we can and ought to do. B. n D 



SERMON OUTLINE. 



CHRIST CLEANSINfJ THE LEPER -Mark i: 40-44. 

11Y J0IIST E, UOKLBR, 

Ti'E miracle illustrates tlie truly penitent sinner oimii'g to 
Christ. 
Prominent persons— Christ— the leper. 
I. (a) Leprosy. 

1 Its effect-. 

2. The lasv to Israel to prevent its spreading. Lev. 
13:45.46. 

3. Its appearance descr-bef. Ref.," Europe and Bi- 
ble Lands," pp. 226, 228. 

I. (i) Tte sinner a leper before God. 
1. The < fleet ols'n. 
2. The law to prevent its sr reading. 2 Cor. 6: 17. 1 

3. Disuniting ahrl toatKraTHe ■.,. i,«i. ;•,„■,■. 33; ;;; 
Isaiah 28: 8. 

IT. (a) Theccmmandro the cleansed leper, "See tbou say 
nothing to any man." 

II. (4) It is not God's design that the Christian shall pro- 
claim to the world the work of God in his heart, be- 

r. The Christ-life is a secret to all but himse'f and 

Gjd. Col. 3:3. 
2. Tbe fruit of tbc cleansing is seen, not beard from 
Ir.s own lips. Jno. 3: 13; Matt. 5: 14, 15, 16. 
III. (a) Christ commanded— "Go . . . show thyself tr the 



HI (») God commands the sinner to unite himsel! wiih God's 
people (Acts 2: 38, 41), and offer the gift that the sec- 
oad Moses— Christ — commanded. 
I. This gift is our entire being. 1 Cor. 6: 20; I John 
2: 15. 

IV. (a) Christ's work among tie people was hindered by the 
disobedience of the cleansed leprr. 

IV. (A) Christ's work in the world is hindered by the disobe- 
dience of those who profess Christianity. 

1. Reproach is brought upon tbe cause. Luke 6: 46. 

2. It destroys the faith of those wbo behold rush dis- 
obedience, r Cor. 8. 

Conclusion.— God's plan is the most lucceesful in all in- 
stances. Prov. 19: 2t. 



OUR PRAYER MEETING-. 



THE HEAVENLY INHERITANCE.-r Pet. 1: 1-12. 

For Thwsday Evening, Jan. so, 1&9S. 

I. Who May Obtain it, and How? 

I. The " elect." I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8: 17; Gal. 4: 1- 

2 "Election" based on obedience. Rev. 22: 14; 1 Pet. 

II. The Inhfkitance and What it Implies, 

1. Tbe hope of the inheritance in the present life. I Y 
j:3;Heb. 6: iq. 

2. An inheritance for Ihe Father's children ''reserved 
heaven." Acts 20: 32; Col. r; 12. 

3. An inheritance incorruptible. 1 Pet. 1: 4; Rev. 22: I- 

4. What others say concerning the inheritance. 

(j) Paul, "A crown o[ righteousness." 2Tiro.4;8. 
(2) Tbe angel to those who are faithful, "A crown 
life," Rev. 2: 10. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. is,. 18 



-*THE * YOUNG * PEOPLE-^ 



OUR MISSIONARY READING CIRCLE. 
Course of Reading. 

FIBST YEAS. 

I. ''Criili :■: Muurloni," cloth, fi.04; paper 34 cinti 

1. 'Lilt 01 A. Judnou." cloth, r, cents; par", lf > cenI1 

3. "Our Country," cloth, 55 centi; paper tt cent!, 

4. "Nomuch Proleuor," cloth 85 cenli, 

SECOND fJBAK, 

5. "Klradeiol Missions," cloth, 84 conti; paper . . . 84 centi, 

6. "Memoir ol K icti M .tiii,'' tlotb, 17 centi; paper 1$ centi, 

7. "Cannibals ol New Guinea," cloth Jo centi, 

8. " The Seven Lawiol Teaching," cloth, 65 centi. 

THXBD YEAR. 

q. " Divine Enterprise of Missions," cloth : Il oa 

0. "Llfo of Roberl Morrison," cloth Jo centi. 

1. "Do Not Sr.y," ami " A c i s ..I ■ lit Ap-isllcn." ;h. il-»5 10 centi, 

a. "In tbc Volume ol the Book," cloth, 68 centi; paper 33 centi. 

(yKrlccs, no given above, are lor memben ol Reading Clrcli only. 
regular retail price, 

Executive Committee of Reading' Circle.— W. B. Stover, Bulanr, 
idla;H.M. Berwick. West Alexandria Uhlu. M,«. I! M. Si,.,,-.. Waynes- 
jro. fa,; Edith K. Newcomer, Waynesboro, Pn.; J. M. Nee, Krultdalo, Ala. 

Officers of Reading CiRCLB.-Fresldont, W. B. Stover, Bulsar, Ind., 
,-eaBurer, Chalice W. Baker, Waynesb.-u:., IV: Secrelnry, Kdlth K. New- 
jmer, Waynesboro, Pa. -to whom nil cum^inl: -ti-.n- concerning the 
.sadlng Circle should bo I'Mium!, but ell .■rdi-n l-r ouoki should be 
Idrossed to Brethren Publishing House, Mount Morris, 111. 



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Toil -wearied, on a poor man's bed, 
To learn obedience as the son 
Of Joseph,— thou, God's only one! 
That thou shouldst wield the ax and ; 
Who madest worlds without a (liw, 
And, emptying tbes of might and skil 
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OUR READING CIRCLE. 
"~WE B. FITZWATER. 



While my varied experience within the last year 
has prevented my finishing my Reading Course, as 
expected, it has by no means caused me to lose in- 
terest in it. I reioice to see the effects of this 
Reading Course. Many young brethren and sis- 
ters are laying their lives upon the altar of sacri- 
fice, as a result of this reading. In fact, I can not 
sec how any active Christian can help being aroused 
to greater earnestness and consecration by reading 
the lives of Judson, Moffat, Morrison, etc. Many 
experiences of theirs have I read with tears stream- 
ing down my cheek?, wishing that I might be 
worthy to follow in their footsteps, Certainly, 
many of our people are ignorant of the mine of 
precious wealth found in this series of books, or 
else our number would have reached two or three 
thousand ere this time. Wherever these books 
are read there must come a deeper interest, more 
liberality and thorough consecration. It cannot 
fail of making more earnest Sunday school workers 
and better prayer meetings, Elders, read these 
books yourselves and recommend them to your 
congregation, and then you will have less trouble 
in raising money for church expenses, besides, you 
can have quite a little for missions at home and 
abroad. Praise God for the excellent literature 
that is being disseminated among us, and the 
many young people of practical training from our 
schools. We look for the next twenty-five years to 
work mighty changes in the Brethren church. 

Sheldon, Iowa. 



OUR LOVE TO GOD AND ONE ANOTHER. 

BY NANCY S. GOODYEAR. 

We should have our hearts filled with gratitude 
and obey the laws of our spiritual being,— for in- 
stance, the condition or law, by which we can have 
a peaceful, tranquil life, in submission to the laws 
of meekness. 



"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the 
earth." The condition of the beautiful vision is a 
pure heart and life. "Blessed arc the pure in 
heart, for they shall see God." If we love one an- 
other God dwelleth in us and about us. His love 
is perfected in us. To the impure God is simply in- 
visible, the opposite condition to a sense of God's 
presence, In other words, without a sense of God's 
presence one cannot be in obedience to the laws 
of love. 

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and 
his love is perfected in us, If we have not the 
Spirit of Christ in us, we are not God's children. 
If we put all our trust in God's Word (for he is not 
so much in need of us as we are of him) what a 
help and peace come to us in life, if we fully trust 
in God's Wordl We, as Christians, should study to 
improve our minds along the pathway of life. We 
should study how to improve our ways of living, 
daily, before those around us. We should search 
diligently for the cause of our failings and short- 
comings in l<fe, and then strive just as diligently to 
remove them from us, It is only by the grace of 
God that we are enabled to overcome our imper- 
fections and arise in newness of life, — perfect men 
and women in Christ Jesus. We cannot do this by 
our own thoughts and opinions, but must let his 
thoughts be our thoughts, and his opinions our 
opinions, If we want to live as Christ wants us to 
live, we must be interested in the salvation of the 
world, If we have no interest in seeing souls 
saved, we are not doing the work Christ left for us 
to do, for he has told us to go to every land, teach- 
ing and preaching Christ, and compelling them to 
come to him. He has taught us to work to make 
others happy. We should study to know how to 
do the greatest amount of good to suffering human- 
ity, how to cheer and make glad their lonely hearts 
and homes. 

Let us be angels of mercy to all around ust 
When Christ was here on earth he went about do- 
ing good to those around him. He gave his life as 
a ransom for our race. Yes, Jesus sacrificed his 
life for the good of others, even me. We know 
that Jesus, during his life, suffered for our happi- 
ness, for our salvation, for he said that if we fol- 
low him, we should not walk in utter darkness, but 
be filled with the light of God. Again he says, 
"Ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be 
opened to you," 

All this can be had, simply for the asking. It is 
certainly worth trying for. Why should we not 
strive more for that beautiful home over there? 
Nothing binds us closer to God, than love, for God 
is love, and as we are weak and fallible, and know, 
also, that temptations come, our only safety is in 
the Lord. He never forsakes. He is the Rock, 
the shelter in the time of storm." God know- 
eth those that trust in him. When we are tempted 
and tried, we must cast all our care on him, for he 
loves to the end; our blessed Master and glorious 
Friend. Oh I may our hearts be filled more com- 
pletely with that zeal for our Master, which knows 
no discouragementl God will create within us 
greater love for one another. God so loved us that 
he gave his only begotten Son. Should we not, 
therefore, love one another? We may claim to be 
God's chosen people, and yet not love our brother, 
for Jesus said that those who do his will, are our 
brother and sister. O may we love our Savior 
more, that he might redeem us from all iniquity 
and purify us as a peculiar people, zealous of good 
worksl 

Marion, Ind, 

NOTES FROM THE CHICAGO MISSION. 
BY LIZZIE HOWE. 

— Our Communion services were held last even- 
ing, Jan. 2. It was one of the most impressive 
meetings we have had. Bro. Thomas D. Lyon, of 
Hudson, 111 , one of the three elders present, spoke 
in a most fatherly and encouraging manner to the 
lambs of the fold, for whom we entertain great 
hopes. 



— At our Christmas exercises, one of our bright- 
est little girls, coming from one of the darkest 
homes, temporally, as well as spiritually, spoke the 
following verse: 

" I, tco, want to be a Christ's star, 
Shiniug for him as you are, 
Not to make my brightness seen, 
But dark sduIs from earth to wean," 

— It is our desire to place this child in a Chris- 
tian home, and we have fair prospects of our hopes 
being realized, May she live to be a bright and 
shining star for Jesus! 

— We are glad to have with us Sister Lydia R. 
Snavely, of Hudson, 111. She has shown a warm 
interest in the work in the past, and is now visiting 
some of the homes, dark with sin and poverty. 
She says, "The half had not been told" her. 

— It is more blessed to give than to receive. 
Surely the little ones, of the North Manchester Sun- 
day school, were blessed this Christmas season! 
Through their kindness, our children,— over a hun- 
dred of them, — enjoyed a good dinner. But this is 
not all. The little ones of the Mount Morris Sun- 
day school denied themselves of their accustomed 
gifts, and chose to give, rather than to receive gifts. 
Our larder being replenished by them, we contin- 
ued the feast even unto the third day, thus reaching 
all the children of our Industrial school, as well as 
Sunday school, This was a pleasant season to all, 
and those fortunate enough to receive books and 
toys, are most happy. May God bless the little 
donors! 

— We are trying to extend our industrial work 
for the benefit of the mothers, Already they are 
employed one half day of each week, receiving, as 
compensation, clothing and dried fruit. How hap- 
py they are to meet with these opportunities! This 
is but a small beginning of what we hope to be, — a 
great benefit to the poor. 

— Through the generosity of a good sister, about 
forty of our little girls are enjoying warm sleeping 
gowns. How kind and thoughtful of this sister! 
She provided the material, and our girls were 
taught to make the garments in the Industrial 
school. 

— In sending freight to the mission, the "bill of 
lading," or letter of advice, should, in all cases, be 
sent us. This will avoid delay in delivery, 

— Just now our work is exceedingly interesting. 
It is well seasoned, too, with discouragements and 
disappointments. O the preciousness of God's 
promises through his Son, Jesus Christ! "For in 
that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is 
able to succor them that are tempted." 

660 South Ashland Ave. 



" It is better to give our roses to the living, than 
to keep them all to place upon the coffins of the 
dead. Many a wreath and garland beautify the 
casket of those from whom, while living, they were 
withheld. We saw, the other day, some beautiful 
words of praise written by a patriarch of eighty 
years of age, of the faithful wife who had walked 
by his side for fifty-five years, of whom he said; 
' Let me break this alabaster box of precious oint- 
ment upon her head of once raver, now silvery 
locks, while she can smell its fragrance.' Let us 
bring our precious ointment and our garlands of 
roses to those who can enjoy their fragrance and 
beauty, and rejoice in the love that offers the gifts, 
instead of waiting until the eye is sightless and the 
heart hushed in its beatings." 



A wise old friend of ours is accustomed to say: 
" Beware of the man that has a grievance. " We 
are not sure that it is wise to act upon this broad 
advice; but we feel confident that it is well to be- 
ware of a man who has a grievance, and parades it 
on all occasions, or of a man who has a long list of 
grievances against different persons, churches, or 
committees. Such a man is likely to have in him 
some very unamiable qualities. We used to hear 
of an old lady in Virginia who declared that her 
husband had "the winningest ways in the world to - 
make people hate him." 



TIHIIE GOSPEL IMHESSIEHSTQ-IEIR,. 



General Missionary and Tract 
Department. 

COMMITTEE. 

Enoch Eby, - Kansas , L. W. Teeter, - Indiana 

D. L. Miller, - -Illinois | S. R. Zug, - Pennsylvania 

S.F.Sanger, - - Virginia. 

IEQOLAB HEETIBOS OF THE COUKITTEE: - The Monday 
before Standing Committee convenes at Annual 
lng; the second Monday of October and ol Febn 

BUSINESS FOB ANY MEETING should be Id the office 



bscriptions to the Gospbl MksskN' 

dcrsed by the District Mission Board, bolore the papei 

will be sent. 
THE COUMITTEE RECEIVES donations lor the following 

funds: World-Wide, Asia Minor, India, Orphans 

Smyrna; Washington Meetinghouse; Sufierei 

India; Book and Tract Funds. 
DO HOT ADDSESB business or money Intended Fat 



THE YEAR. 



Please do not spend so much time re 
ing the joys of the past, that you canno 
preciate the comforts of the present. 

The devils had a faith that made 
tremble, but there was no Holy Ghost 
It is the Holy Ghost faith that leads to 



10 trouble with the men and 
e full of the Holy Ghost, but 
.ake themselves very annoying 



Jesus has 

women that a 

to the devil. 



So long as twice as many won 
attend the prayer meetings, the 
not to say one word against the won: 
at least, half of the time, 



1 leading, 



Parents who are full of the Holy Ghost do 
not take pleasure in putting ail kinds of 
finery on their little children. They have 
something more important to think about. 



The first thing Paul wanted to know, of the 
disciples he met at Ephesus, was whether they 
had received the Holy Ghost. How would it 
be if each one of us could ask himself that 
question? It would be a good question to 
consider before going to the Lord's table. 



Some people do nc 
ter preach about 1 
Mention is made of 
16:6, but after he go 

preached to others. 



t like to hear the minis- 
ell fire and brimstone. 
iuch a character in Luke 
into the fire himself, he 
to have the doctrine 



When the seven at Jerusalem wen 

lected, it was required that they be ful! of the 
Holy Ghost. We would see greater results 
if all men, now selected to preach the Word 
were also required to be so full of the Spirit 
that his fruits could be seen on every hand. 



On the Day of Pentecost those filled with 
the Holy. Ghost were graced with cloven 
tongues on their heads, but in these I; 
days it seems that we could hardly expect the 
Great Spirit to fill the hearts of those whose 
heads are decked with feathers and birds. 



A minister who has located at a new point, 
feels disappointed because his congregations 
are small. That may be the very reason the 
Lord wants him there, Most any preacher 
can be inspired by a large audience, but it 
takes a genuine minister to inspire a small 
assembly. 

Aged people should not think that they 
have outlived their day of usefulness just be- 
cause they are no more able to work. It is 
encouraging to know that people can live to 
be old. Let us make the old people feel that 
that they are wanted, and that the more of 
them we have, the better. 



It Is not advisable to have 
nothing, but when they do ag 
labor for a fixed compensatioi 
fully as much as they promised t< 
is a good rule to apply to Christie 
Let each one do fully as much a 
calls for, and a little more, when adi 
there need be no complaint about 



en work for 
: to perform 
let them do 



his duty 
aMe, and 
nfaithful- 



MI5SIQN WORK—ITS DIVIVE CALL 
UPON THE CHURCH. -No. a. 

Cleansing and purifying is a very impor- 
tant part of the church work and, when need- 
ed, should never be neglected. But some- 
times the impurires of the church so engage 
the thought of the shepherd as well as the 
flock, that both lose sight of the primal object 
of the church in the world. 

Nothing purifies water so quickly as to get 
it flowing outward, and nothing will so quick- 
ly remove petty jealousies and quarrels, ob- 
jectionable conduct in living, as to quicken a 
burning desire to save souls. This begotten, 
the individual member is willing to sacrifice 
his personal preferences for the cause, and 
he has no time or strength to spend except 
to call men and women to Christ. 

Thus God has so wisely provided for the 
purity of the church, in making her prime 
object in this world the proclamation of his 
Gospel unto all men. 

Isaiah was permitted to view the great 
work of the church, and speaks very forcibly 
about it in chapter 40: 0, 10. Seeing the 
derfulness of the salvation that would < 
unto men through Christ, he shouts to the 
church: "O thou that tellest good tidings in 
Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; lift 
up thy voice with strength; lift it up, and be 
not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Be- 
hold your God." 

■There can be no quesiion but that this 
prophetic call is to the church as a body, and 
that through this call God has declared that 
the important work of the church is, to pro- 
claim the cause of her indwelling King. 
Christ came into the world to redeem the 
world, as his prime and only object; and for 
any body of believers to found their organi- 
zation upon Christ, immediately makes them 
the evangelists of the world. To possess 
Christ at once gives that body the capacity, 
the inclination and the obligation to declare 
his name, and, should there be an organi 
tion that did not show th : s inclination, 
feel the obligation, one could justly conclude 
that Christ was not their portion, 

So greatly was the prophet impre 
this important work, that he urges the church 
not to go at it in a half-hearted way, as, it is 
to be regretted, she is doing to-day, Instead 
of making a feeble plea in behalf of missions, 

some ministers do, or worse still, to make 

plea at all, as still others do, the prophet 
urges the church to get in the most conspic- 
uous places in the world, and then cry aloud 
and fear not. What a plea for world-wide 
missions! What a plea for city missions! 
Some are afraid to go to the cities of our lands, 
"the high mountains of this day." Others 






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though Christ die 
not city people, a 
iot want salvation, a 



for country people am 
though city people did 
well as country people, 

The quicker the church recogni 
mand of God, through the proph 
the high mountains and proclaim aloud, am 
fear not, the sooner she is in line with God' 
plan of work and greatest blessings, 






-Xe 



g we rose early and went on 
the upper deck, to get a view of Sinai. The 
range bordering the sea is plainly visible, 
but we could not say which of the peaks 
Moses entered, to speak with the Lord, and 
before which Israel looked on with wonder 
and amazement. Had the glory of the Lord 
been hovering over the Mount now, as when 
Israel was there, it would, no doubt, have been 
in easy range of our vision, 

— It is evident that much the same condi- 
tions exist now, as then, in the physical feat- 
ures of the land. Israel referred to it as a 
wilderness, and all that is visible as we pass, 
is barren sands and rugged rocks. 

—Our voyage of 1,200 miles through the 
Red Sea was a very favored one. Usually, 
the heat is intense, but there were only about 
two days, as we passed through, that brought 
out the perspiration. Our cabins on lower 
deck are too warm to be comfortable at night, 
so some of us arranged to sleep on the open 
deck, above. We fared tolerably well till 
towards morning, when a hnge wave broke 
over the deck, to the evident discomfort of 
the sleepers. Our beds were wet and we be- 
took ourselves to lower quarters the rest of 
the night, preferring a little heat to so much 



The weather is very pleasant now. It is a 
* warm In day-time, but cool at night. 
This climate is surely a healthful one for some, 
t least. The missionaries are all quite well. 
—The plague has again broken out in Bom- 
ay and in other villages, but has not' yet 
cached Bulsar. Strict quarantine regulations 
revail on all railroad lines. 
Dec.j. 

QIVINa BACK THE LORD HIS DUES. 

Are we doing this? As the Lord, from day 
) day and year to year, so richly blesses us 
ilh the good things of this world, are we 

giving back to him the portion he demands to 

carry forward his work? 
The scantily-filled treasuries, and the con- 
ant appeals for means from those who have 

charge of the mission work of the church, 
ate that God's blessing has been withheld 

from his people, or that they are not doing 
ieir duty. 

"Giving as the Lord has prospered us." 
re we as familiar with this text as the one, 
Be liot conformed to this world," and some 

others that refer to the ordinances which arc 

not generally practiced by the other denomi- 



— On the Red 



But i 



! day , 



ea, rain is very unusual, 
a number of heavy show- 
the passengers saw, at a 
■ vessel, a water spout. 
of having a kodak picture 



distance from o- 
They felt confiden 
of the phcnomenoi 

—We arrived at Aden Monday night, Nov, 
22. All passengers going to Bombay are 
transferred from the steamer " Rome," to the 
"Carthage." The Rome goes on to Colombo, 
Singapore and Australia, requiring six weeks 
for the voyage from London. Here we part- 
ed from the missionaries going to China, as 
they continue on to Colombo, transferring 
there to steamer for China. The mission- 
aries to India, of whom there were nearly 
twenty on board, with many others, are now 
making their way at the rate of over 303 miles 
per day, toward Bombay. The sea is calm 
weather very pleasant and all on board 
seemed happy. 

—At Aden, before leaving the Rome 
mail was brought on board and a postal 
was handed us, signed "Wilbur." How glad 
we were to get it! It had come as a harbin- 
nd among othe 



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NOTES FROM THE SEA. 

— The account of our voyage thus far has 
been given very fully by Bro. McCann. At 
present, however, we are separated, be and 
Sister Gibble stopping at Fort Said, to visit 
Palestine, in company with several others, in- 
tending to spend about three weeks in the 
lands of the Bible. 

—Leaving Port Said we passed first through 
Suez Canal. The channel being narrow, our 
vessel moved slowly, and occasionally we were 
anchored to the bank, to allow other vessels to 

Leaving the Canal, we passed out into 
the Red Sea. Where the children of Israel 

;ed over we are not sure, but, in all prob- 
ability we crossed their path at night, soon 
after entering the sea, and where the channel is 



—In our meditations we thought of the 
voyage of life, and the haven of rest, How 
sweet to know that Christ, our Leader, has 
gone before and, at the close of life's weary 
voyage, he will meet us "on the harbor" with 
the welcome words, "Well done, good and 
faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of 
thy Lord." — Nov. s.f. 

y" Later. — At this writing we are at the mis- 
'sion home in Bulsar. We arrived at Bom- 
bay Sunday afternoon, Nov. 28, at 3 P. M., 
thirty-two days after sailing from New York, 
The trip did not seem as long as we had 
expected, and was, in some ways, much 
pleasatiter. We had no storms, and, most of 
ime, smooth seas- Seasickness was much 
lighter for us than many. We suffered some 
lveniences, at times, and some suspense 
our little girl was sick. We thank the 
Lord that all are well now. 

—For days on our trip we saw no land, but 
we could rejoice when India's shores ap- 
peared before us. The Lord seemed very 
near us through all the days and nights of 
travel. We felt, indeed, as safe as on the 
land, and we praise the Lord for all his good- 
ness and mercies to us. We feel that the 
united prayers of God's people in our behalf, 
for a safe and prosperous journey to India, 
have been answered, and we still crave the 
prayers of each brother and sister for us and 
the work in this great field. 



If* 



heretofore, not given this subject 

proper thought, it is high lime that wc be- 

wakened to our duty. 

:nlargc our bank accounts, accumulate 

property, furnish our tables, houses and Ward- 

bes,— in short, our surroundings in general 

e as the Lord has blessed us. 

Then let us not ease our conscience by giv- 

g only a penny, a Dickie or a dime (or mis- 

on work when the basket is passed through 

the congregation, (or if the amount given 

correspond with God's measure or 

will hold us accountable, just the 

for the neglect of any other of the 

commandments. 

He keeps a record of every penny that is 
given to make known his will throughout the 
world, and if we were permitted to glance at 
that account and to see how it is valued by 
ft would. 



cry small to 
les from God; then let u: 
by the thought that 



mlii 



God, in cornpar 

no doubt, look 

that we have c< 

delude ourselv 

spend that, over which he has \Z?:\z 112 

Stewards, foolishly and for things that are 

perhaps an injury to us, without rendering an 

Rosin S, Myers. 

Enterprise, Pa. 

A QREETINO. 

always glad to get the Messenger. 
hie, I generally read it through before 
reading anything else. Of late, much has 
been said of the good the paper is doing, 
thing. My brother John 



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Sister Ryan 


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faith, and 


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I w 


c took 


our first lesson in Gujerati, and 




nxious 


secure it a 


fast as possible. 







hundred miles to see him. By some 
means they had got hold of a copy of the 
Brethren at Work, and from that learned 
something concerning the faith and practice 
of the Brethren. They started out to find 
the people holding that doctrine, finally heard 
of my brother, and came to him to learn more 
of the doctrine held by the church. They 
refused to return to their homes until they 
had received baptism. 

I know of a number of persons that have 
bec'h brought to the church by reading Bro, 
Peter Nead's "Theological Works." Permit 
me to say, "Go on, brethren, and let your 
light shine in this dark and sinful world." God 
bless the Gospel Messenger, and all who 
part in getting it out, and may the Lord 
help the readers to do all the good they can. 



Huntington, //id. 



. Mc 



WHAT THE LITTLE ONES CAN DO. 

Last spring Bro- B. F. Rhorer, teacher of 
ass No. 3, gave his class {seven pupils) ten 
:nts each, which they invested in different 
ways, some in garden seeds, but the larger 
part in poultry, and these were generally the 
most successful. The amount made was S7.75. 
The rest of the school donated 52.25, making 
in all $10.00. The little girls will enter tbe 
work again in the spring. It was their choice 
to send their money to Bro. W. B. Stover, in 
India. May God bless the faithful little work- 
ers! Ida M. Hudson. 
/'/tend, A'a/ts. 



THE GOSPEL rMHESSEHSrO-IErR. 



Jan. 15, 18 



The Gospel Messenger, 

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Five conversions are reported in the Maple 
Grove church, Kans. 



Bro I J. Rosenberger writes of eight accessions,- 
recently, to the church at Covington, Ohio. 

In the Root River church, Minn., five were re- 
cently received by confession and baptism, 

Fiftv cents should accompany each marriage 
notice, intended for publication in the Messenger. 

Bro. A. I. Heestand is engaged in a protracted 
meeting at Otterbein, Ohio. So writes Bro. Reu- 
ben Shroyer. 

Bro. Noah Longanecker is now engaged in a 
ue'ies of meetings in the Springfield church, Sum- 
mit Co , Ohio. 

Last Sunday, at each place of preaching in this 
congregation, a public collection was taken for the 
Cuban sufferers. 

Bro. D. B. Gibson leaves here this week for 
Clarksdale, this State, where he is booked for a 
series of meetings. 



Bro. Andrew Hutchison is reported in the midsl 
of a series of meetings in the College Chapel, 
at Lordsburg, Cal. 



Six recently applied for membership in the Ma- 
ple Spring church, W. Va. The church seems to 
be in a prosperous condition. 



Encouraging reports come from the Bible Terms 
held in different patts of the Brotherhood. It 
believed that they will be the means of doing a 
great deal of good. 



Bro. David Hollinger, of North Manchester, 
Ind., is spending some time in Southern Califor- 
nia; when last heard from, he was engaged in a 
Bible Term at Covina. 



Bro, I. C. Johnson writes us that the reports 
published, concerning a large number of additions 
to the Meyersdale church, Pa,, recently, is not cor- 
rect. Mistakes of this kind, of course, are not in- 
tentional. 

The Brethren at Georgetown, Miami Co., Ohio, 
are in the midst of an interesting series of meet- 
ings. Six have been baptized, and the good work 
still continues. Bro. W. Q. Calvert is doing the 
preaching. 

The next and regular meeting of the General 
Missionary and Tract Committee will be held at 
Mt. Morris, on Feb. 14, and business intended for 
this meeting should be in the hands of the Secre- 
tary not later than Feb. 1. 

Bro. D. B. Gibson, of Cerrogordo, 111., who has 
been with us several days, preached at Silver Creek, 
last Sunday morning, and in the Chapel in the 
evening. The morning services in the Chapel 
were conducted by Bro. W. R. Miller, of Chicago, 



We suggest that it is not necessary to occupy 
space in the Messenger with the resolutions of a 
local character that congregations may see proper 
to pass. A vote of thanks to a community for as- 
sistance rendered in erecting a house of worship, 
aDswers all that is necessary if published in the lo- 
cal papers. 

Writing from Washington, Bro. Albert Holling- 
er says, " Prospects are brightening for a gath- 
ering here. We began the new year by baptizing 
two to-day. Olhers seem not far off. The bap- 
tism was very impressive, as one of the candidates 
was an aged sister in a very feeble condition, 
who was carried into the water upon a chair." 



Bro A. W. Reese has again located at Warrens- 
burg, Mo., his former home. He has for several 
years been employed at Leavenworth, Kans,, as 
physician in charge of the Keeley Institute at the 
National Soldiers' Home at that place. It affords us 
great pleasure to learn that he is now so situated 
that he can be of special use to the church in the 
ministry. 

Some of the best helpers we have in the Brother- 
hood are those who now and then suggest where- 
in we can make the Messenger, the Young Disciplt, 
or our Sunday school Quarterlies, better. No one 
will ever know how much we are indebted to this 
class of advanced thinkers. They do not find fault 
with our work, but they suggest improvements here 
and there. They have our thanks. 



Bro. I. B. Trout was with us all of last week, in 
charge of the Doctrinal class in the Special Bible 
Term. The line of study pursued was both thor- 
ough and instructive. A class of this character, in 
each congregation, would be of immense value to 
all the members. Bro. Trout closed his work here 
on Monday evening, and by the time this paper 
reaches our readers, will be at work at McPherson, 
Kans., rn a series of meetings, which are to con- 
tinue until the opening of the Special Bible Term. 



The latest report from Asia Minor informs us 
that one of our ministers is now holding regular 
services in Philadelphia. The candlestick in Phila- 
delphia is to be restored. 



A brother sends to this office $25, to be held as 
an endowment fund forever, and from the earnings 
he is to receive the Messenger during his life. Aft- 
er his death, the paper is to be sent to some other 
person. 



Bro. R. F. McCune writes that six were recently 
baptized in the Dallas Centre church, Iowa, and 
one reclaimed, as the result of a series of meetings 
held by Bro. S. M. Goughnour. He rejoices in the 
fact that all of his children are now in the church, 



A letter reached us on Christmas Day, in which 
we found Si, 50 and an unsigned order for the 
Messenger for 1S98 Not even a post-office or 
State is indicated. We receipt for all cash, and 
should some one recall sending an order as above, 
and have no receipt by this time, please write us. 



Some time ago a correspondent wrote us that the 
church at his place had made the proper apology 
to one of her members, and that he had been re- 
stored to his place in the church. There is some- 
thing encouraging in a report of this kind. It is 
sad for a church to make a mistake, but sadder yet 
for her to refuse to correct it. But when she 
comes forward and apologizes for an error, and 
thus not only sets a good example for the mem- 
bers individually, but places herself in a position to 
receive a blessing for her conduct, we may expect 
to see that congregation prosper in all her under- 
takings. Sometimes elders make mistakes, and are 
very slow about correcting them, and in this way 
set a poor example for the laity. Let those that 
arc high in authority be as willing to correct their 
mistakes as they are to have others do so, and we 
may look for a great growth in grace. An honest 
confession is just as good for a church or an elder, as 
it is for any one else that has fallen into error. 



Some of the negroes in the South take a very 
sensible view of the ordination question. They 
believe that an elder should know a number of 
things before he is set apart to the eldership. 
Other religious bodies might profit by their ex- 
ample. Here is a report cf their council, as it 
relates to the ordination matter: " A council, called 
by the Elizabeth Baptist church, of Fort Reed, 
consisting of the following brethren (names given), 
met Oct. 15, to consider the advisability of set- 
ting apart, to the Gospel ministry, Bro. Samuel 
McDonia, of Fort Reed, Fla. After a careful ex- 
amination the council unanimously voted to rec- 
ommend to the church not to have the brother 
ordained, as he was found incompetent by the 
council, the brother not being able to answer any 
of the important questions." Like Paul, they 
think that a bishop should know what, as well as 
how, to teach, — be " apt to teach." 



THE CUBAN SUFFERERS. 



Last week we called attention to the fact that 
on the Island of Cuba, within less than two hun- 
dred miles of our shores, people are starving by 
the hundreds. Much has been said through the 
public press, concerning the condition of the peo- 
ple, but it is thought by many that the worst of it 
has not yet been told. The President, through the 
Secretary of State, has called for aid that the suf- 
fering and starving people may, in a measure, be 
relieved. We have been urged to call upon our 
readers for assistance, and, after consulting a num- 
ber of the Brethren, have decided to take charge 
of a fund at this office for the purpose designated. 
The most needed thing just now is money, and we 
suggest that our people at once take up public 
collections in each church, to raise what they can, 
and send it to the Messenger office, and we will 
see that it gets to the Secretary of State, and 
thence to Cuba, free of charge, and also acknowl- 
edge the same through the Messenger. In Cuba 
the means raised are to be distributed by our effi- 
cient United States Minister, Mr. Lee. It will thus 
go into safe hands, and be wisely disposed of. 

Then there is a call for summer clothing for 
women and children, flour, cornmeal, bacon, rice, 
lard, potatoes, beanF, peas, salt- fish canned goods, 
condensed milk, and also blankets. To this we 
might add wheat and corn, for these could be 
made into flour and meal before being shipped from 
the United States. All goods of this kind may be 
shipped to Bro. W. R. Miller, 162 Loomis Street, 
Chicago, and in each instance, he should be no- 
tified by letter of any goods shipped, and also have 
the waybill forwarded to him. Probably all the 
railroads will handle goods free, and each shipper 
should first arrange with his local railroad agent 
about this matter, before shipping the goods. 
With a little effort, a large amount of goods may be 
collected. The relief supplies, thus secured, will be 
forwarded by the best route from Chicago to Cuba. 
For any further information, concerning the col- 
lection and shipping of goods, as well as shipping 
rates, write Bro. W. R. Miller, and in every letter 
enclose a stamp for reply. But please do not send 
any goods to the Messenger office, or write us 
about rates. Confer with Bro. Miller about all 



Jan. 15, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 



matters of this kind. But, remember, that all the 
mcn-y raised should be sent to the Brethren Pub- 
lishing House, Mt. Morris, 111. 

It is also suggested that the Brethren in the 
East arrange for a central point to which goods 
may be sent, and from there forwarded to Cuba. 
Philadelphia has been named as a good point. We 
suggest that the Brethren at Huntingdon see that 
the necessary arrangements are made for receiving 
and forwarding goods, and then announce the 
particulars in the Messenger. But in the meantime 
let all the churches take up the public collection. 



THE DAY OF LITTLE TH1NO.S. 

On a Sunday afternoon in August, 1896, Bro. A 
M. T. Miller, of Nebraska, on his way to at- 
tend a mission Sunday school, met a family in an 
emigrant wagon on their way from Oklahoma, to 
seek a new home in the Northwest. He entered 
into a conversation with the father and mother of 
the six children; he gave a few tracts, and the chil- 
dren copies of our Sunday school papers. The 
wagon with its living freight, and all the earthly 
possessions of the little family, moved on to the 
line of South Dakota, where a new home was found 
at McClean, Nebr. 

Then the seed sown by the wayside, having 
fallen into good ground, bore fruit. A letter came 
from the stranger, asking for more information 
about the Brethren church. Twenty- five copies of 
the Doctrinal Number of the Gospel Messenger, 
with more tracts, were sent out on their mission. 
And then came the word, "My wife, my eldest 
daughter and myself would like to unite with the 
plain Dunker Brethren church. Our neighbors are 
also much interested. Can't ycu send us a preach- 
er as soon as the weather gets warm? Our houses 
are so small and poor that we cannot entertain a 
minister as he should be, while the weather is so 
"cold." 

In May, 1897, about seven months from the time 
the seed was sown, and the first "white-winged" 
Messenger found its way into the hands of Bro. F, 
D. Keyes, himself, wife, daughter, and fourteen of 
his neighbors were buried with Christ in baptism, 
by the Nebraska State evangelist, Eld. S. H. For- 
ney, of Kearney. 

Causes. — The mission Sunday school, tracts 
placed in appreciative hands, the doctrinal copies 
of the Gospel Messenger. Bro. Forney a willing 
servant of God, ready to answer the Macedonian 
call. 

Results. — Souls saved, a church organized, to be- 
come the center, from which an influence for good 
will go out to be measured only in eternity, 

Lesson I. — One man can only do his part of the 
work. The tract distributer watchful for the op- 
portunity, the church paper doing its silent part, 
the State Evangelist preaching the living Word, all 
factors under God's blessing in bringing seventeen 
souls to Christ. 

Lesson II.— Go thou and do likewise. Don't say, 
"I wish I could do something for the Lord" 
Look about you! Every day golden opportunities 
are passing within your reach, never to return. 
Don't let them go by unimproved, To-morrow 
may never come. Sow the seed now and trust the 
result in the hands of the dear God. o, l. m, 



SHALL WE HAVE A CRISIS? 

In the ministry of our church, we mean. We 
may have, and we may not have. Such a thing is 
being predicted on the part of some, but predic- 
tions do hot always come true. O'.her things have 
been predicted that never came to pass, and it is, 
perhaps, because of their being predicted. It is 
the sounding of the note of slarm that prepares 



for pending fears, preparations are made, and the 
predicted crisis is avoided. 

It is the coming of the unexpected things that 
produces the crisis. A very good thing, coming at 
the unexpected hour, may prove a loss instead of 
a gain. So it may be, in reference to what may 
seem to be, an impending crisis in the ministry of 
our church, Changes have been coming all along 
down through the ages, and we can expect their 
continual coming, We must meet them judicious- 
ly and intelligently, and, by so doing, no crisis need 
come. 

The calling of our ministry is all right. It is as 
nearly apostolic as we now see to make it, but we 
may entertain wrong views as to its effective per- 
petuation. We are a unit as to the need of prepa- 
ration. It would be presumptuous to expect 
men to enter the most important, the highest and 
most responsible calling in life without careful 
preparation. The "wise as serpents" do this. 
Every other calling demands it, and the civil serv- 
ice law makes it a test for position. To this we 
all say, "Amen," because even common sense tells 
us that no man would be fit to fill any important 
position unless prepared for it. If this is so,— and 
it is,— would any of us say that a man is fit to fill 
the responsibilities of the highest of all callings 
without having the necessary preparation? 

Then the question most naturally comes up, 
when a church is about to call a man to the min- 
istry, "How do we get the material?" It is a 
question that must not be ignored, and will not 
be, unless the importance of the work to be done 
is not wisely considered. If we are going to esti- 
mate the calling of the ministry beneath that of all 
other calling?, then are we ready to make the call 
independent of the character of the material or the 
preparation had. 

But we are not willing to do this. We do not be- 
lieve this way. The Lord did not teach this way, 
neither did he undertake to make ministers out of 
sticks and stones, but he did take them from the 
common walks of life, to show us that where there 
are brains, culture and development are possible. 

Just how much these men knew, when called, we 
do not know. But we do know that, when com- 
pared with the pretentious Pharisees, Sadducees 
and the so-called cultured of the times, they were 
considered unlearned. But, a continued course of 
learning for three years, under the Great Teacher, 
would give them a preparation for Iheir work that 
ought to compare favorably with any course that 
it would be possible to get now, in the best theo- 
logical school in the world. 

When the disciples v/ished to fill the place left 
vacant by the fall of Judas, certain qualifications 
were demanded for eligibility, and out of the whole 
number, only two were found, and of these, one 
was chosen. 

When a man was needed to disciple the Gentile 
world and to cope with the philosophers and the 
wisdom of the world, a Saul of Tarsus was called, 
a man that stood second to no man in the educa- 
tional world, — a man who, it is said, outstripped 
the first teacher of the time, in philosophical eru- 
dition and linguistic and oratorical powers. Even 
he felt that several years of preparation, before be- 
ginning his active ministry, were necessary. 

So, to say that preparation is not necessary, is to 
prostitute the high and holy calling, and show that 
we, as a church, have not yet got to that standard 
that enables us to see and appreciate its responsi- 
bilities. But this cannot be said of the church. 
We do see and appreciate the responsibilities of 
the Christian ministry and acknowledge the need 
of preparation therefor. But while we do thus 
feel and see, we have also felt and seen the ex- 
tremes and abuses into which this preparation has 
run en the part ef the professing Christian world, 



that a halt has been called and we have been stand- 
ing, looking at, facing and fearing these thing?, 
and doing nothing to regulate them, until we have 
fallen behind and gotten into the other extreme, 
that of making no preparation at all. 

From this condition of things we are now awak- 
ening and the crisis feared is a regular theological 
course of training, as a test of eligibility, and sal- 
aried ministry to follow. 

As we look at these things from the point of ex- 
cess and the extremes in which the Christian world 
has now placed them, they have a ghostly and 
dangerous appearance, and we need not wonder 
that there is some "shying-off " from them. In- 
deed, it is well that we do, as this high and holy 
calling must not be brought down to a level with 
the political and professional callings of life. 

But what are we going to do about it? Will we 
abandon the good and lawful things of God, be- 
cause men have abused them? Theology, in its 
true and original interpretation, is nothing more 
nor less than a study to know the will and purpose 
of God concerning us. When Paul exhorted to 
study, etc., show himself approved, that he might 
rightly divide the Word of Truth, what else was it 
than that he should study theology? So it is not 
the study of theology that we arc to shy off from, 
but the kir.d of theology that is taught, So it is 
with the salaried and the supported ministry. It 
is not the svpport that we are to scare at,— "The 
laborer is worthy of his hire," but the manner in 
which it is done, and the kind of work we get for 
it. In other words, we want the study of the right 
kind of theology, that it may produce the right 
kind of men, that they may do the right kind of 
work. Along this line we want to work that the 
cause of the Master may be perpetuated, his king- 
dom enlarged, and souls saved. By doing this ju- 
diciously, we will get to the true standard, meet 
the issue and avoid the crisis. 

Let us now, in conclusion, take a common-sense 
view of this subject. There is an old saying, " Like 
priest, like people." But this tells on its face 
only part of the truth. Why should the people 
be like the priest? Who will answer? Much de- 
pends on the priest in this case. But let us reverse 
the saying, "Like people, like priest." Why the 
priest like the people? Much depends on the 
people in this case. When the teacher knows 
more than the people, he teaches the people, and 
if they learn anything they become like the teach- 
er. But when the people know more than the 
teacher, is it not reasonable, if there is any re- 
ceiving or changing, it must be on the part of the 
teacher, or the one that knows the less? 

Only a few weeks ago we were told of a baptis- | 
mal scene where part of the candidates were bap- 
tized by trine immersion, part by single immer- 
sion, and a part by pouring. Who was the teacher 
in this case? And yet the minister had studied 
theology. What was wrong? Had he too much 
theology, or cot enough? Not enough. When 
those who are to be taught teach the teacher how 
to baptize, we say there is an incongruity some- 
where. In this case we must place it to the ac- 
count of the teacher. The teacher, to teach, must 
know more than his pupils, and the preacher, to 
preach, must know more than his hearers. 

As the time has come when education, both in 

the sciences and in the Bible, is becoming almost 

universal, there is but one thing for the preacher 

to do, to be abreast and ahead of the times, or of 

s hearers. 

There is a desire, a reaching out, on the part of 
the people, for Biblical knowledge, and as this is 
the kind of knowledge our preachers are to preach 
and give, they must prepare, they must &et before 
they can give. How to get is the problem, Solve 
this and the crista Is past, H, a. B, 



THE GOSPEL MESSEHGER. 



Jan. 15, 18 



QUtRISIS" DEHAttTMcNT. 



nbe found in the Bible, 
the lipht. — 7. Fenslcr. 



In the Mejs*nrbr you say the Son of God gavi 
ample to all believers, when he was thrice dipped 
of Jordan. Please state where 
If I am in the dark, I want to | 

If our querist will turn to page 794. of the Mes- 
senger, 1897, he will notice that what we said in 
regard to Jesus being dipped in the Jordan three 
times, at his baptism, is taken from Dr. Wall, on In- 
fant Baptism, and he quotes a canon to that effect. 
It may be proper here to remark, that all the an- 
cients, so far as we know, held that the primitive 
mode was trine immersion, and that such was the 
example set by Jesur, when he was baptized in the 
Jordan. Our querist is referred to Matt. 28: 19, for 
Bib'e auihonty for this method of performing the 
rite of baptism. The construction of the formula, 
there given, shows that there must be an action for 
eich name, hence, the threefold immersion. 

We, the German Baplist Brethren, believe in obeying all the 
commandments, and teaching the same. I find about four 
hundred co-nroandm?nls, whn we should do, and what we 
sbou d not do to ii.heiit the kiugrlcm of heaven. I also find 
that fastine is a command not generally taught, not practiced 
by the church. Please tell us the rea ons. I believe we feajt 
too much and fast too little. Sec 2 Cor. 6: 5; ": 27: Malt. 17: 
\\; hV%n\%\-G. H. Sharp, 

Our brother is right in saving that we feast too 
much, b-Jt fast too little. Fasting, however, does 
not seem to have been specially enjoined by either 
Jesus or the apostles, and yet it is to be highly 
commended for our spiritual, mental as well as for 
our physical good. And since it has not been spe- 
cially com*"a*dcd t the Brethren have not seen prop 
er to erjoin it on the members. It is one of these 
individual practices that should commend itself on 
account of 'he good resulting from it. 
Please explain Matt. 12: 31, 32— />. N. Spitler. 
Th*-se verses refer to what Jesus says about sin 
against the Holy Ghost. By this sin is meant the 
attributiae of the works-cf the Holy Ghost to the 
devil. The person who accuses the devil of the 
works that the Holy Ghost is accomplishing, sins 
against the Holy Ghost. It stands some people in 
hand t^ be very careful how they speak and write 
about some of the good works going on in this 
world, even at this time, for the Holy Spirit may bt 
behind more good movements than we think. It ii 
a sin that seems to be neither excusable nor pardon 
able. 

A minister who is old wants to keep a little country store 
and it look* as if not keeping tobacco would almost make thi 
venture a failure. Is there any loophole by which he cai 

handle tobacco and retain his office?— E. F. 

Loopholes are rather dangerous things to trifle 
with, at best. While our Conference has not seen 
proper to 'orb'd members selling tobacco, she nev 
ertheless advises against it, both among the officials 
and others. Those who use, raise, buy or sell to- 
bacco, cannot, however, serve as delegates to the 
Annual or District Meeting, or on the S'anding 
Committee, nor can those who use the weed, be in- 
stalled as deacons, ministers, or elders. The loop 
hole for selling tobacco is rattier small. Cannot 
the members who use the weed, quit it, then buy 
more goods of the old brother, and, in this way, 
help him along? 

In Judges n: 34 we read, "And behold his daughter came 
out to meet h m." is it certain that JepMhah offered her up 
as a burnt offerng according to his vow in verse 31?— L. J, 

It is not certain that he offered her as a burnt of 
fering As the Lord accepted the will for the Heed 
when Abraham proved himself willing to sacrifice 
the life of his son Isaac, so, in this instance, the fa 
ther may have been spared the pain of taking the 
life of his only child. He probably consecrated 
her to a service rt q urtng a life-long virginity, sep- 
arating her from himself and his home, and thus 
spent the rest of h s days in deep sorrow and soli- 
tude, on account of hi? rash vow. 



nd Ne 



Is there any person mentioned in both the Old 
Testaments, whose name is nnt given, whose death was unlike 
that of any other created being, and whose body never saw 
corruption?— L. J. Bryant. 

In both the Old and New Testaments, such a per- 
son is mentioned, but we will leave our readers to 
solve the problem. 

Is the word ". murderer " ascribed to the character of David 

any place iu the B.ble?-/;, N. Spitler. 

We do not recall an instance where the term 

murderer" is applied to David, though he was a 
party to the shedding of innocent blood on one oc- 
casion. 2 Sam. 11: 14-17- 

[n Matt. 22: 11, 12, what is meant by the wedding garment? 

B. A. Kurtz. 

By wedding garment is meant the righteou:- 
ness of the saints. See Kzv. 19: 8 and 7: g. 

j H M 



*— ' # HOME * AND * FAMILY*— 



MY PRAYER. 



And make me wholly thine. 

Fighting the war of life. 

With weaiy heart and brain, 
Dear Father, in this world of strife, 

Do thou my soal sustain. 
Take, O my Father, take 

This wayward heait of mine; 
I cannot give it thee, 

But thou canst make it thine. 
Thou only, Lord, canst know, 

Thon only, Lord, canst see 
How hard the struggle is beneath, 

Tho' elm the surface be. 
Nothing but perfect faith, 

And love of thy sweet wil\ 
Can lift me from the deep, 

And bid me, " Peace, be still! "' 
Carethoul I will not care 

Nor ask with troubled mind, 
About my future here — 

Teach me to be resigned. 
Care for me all my liff, 

Care thou for me and mine — 
Almighty Father, gracious, good, 

Care thou for all of time. 

Selected by Ella G, Famous. 



OUR AID SOCIETY. 



MARY E BROOKS. 



We, the sisters of the Falls City church, organ- 
ized a " Sisters' Aid Society" in September. Our 
average attendance has been only four, the high- 
est number being six. During that time we have 
raised five dollars above expenses, which we sent 
to the Smyrna Orphanage. There are eight sis- 
ters living in town, but circumstances are such 
that some cannot attend, although they are 
sympathy with the work. There are other 
ters living in the country, but at such a distance 
that they cannot come very often. Our plan is, 
to piece and quilt quilts, sew carpet rags, make 
caps, handkerchiefs, plain dresses, and any other 
plain sewing that any one wishes to have done. 
We also do charity sewing. 

We expect to contribute all we get to the differ- 
ent missionary funds. 
Falls City, Netr. 



recipient of her kindness, with loving hand had 
chiseled, on the enduring stone, a tribute to her 
memory. 

Kindness is the goddess that invites to the high- 
er and better life. With one hand she rolls back 
the curtain of sorrow and despair, with the other 
she poinis to better things. On her head is the 
crown of joy, with the three heaven-bestowed 
jewels of faith, hope and charity, Her mission 
is that of spreading a feast for the soul, and gar- 
nishing it with the moorings of heaven. She is 
found in the streets of our cities, in the lanes and 
highways of our country, and leaves the impress 
of her work on the lives of all those with whom she 
comes in contact. Her work stands out in bold 
contrast to that of the priest and Levite, and an- 
swers the all-ibsorbirg question, "Who is my 
neighbor?" As we sometimes sing, "Kind words 
will never die," let us stop long enough to speak 
them. 

Szfem, Ore. 

CULTIVATE CHEER. 

It was a favorite saying of Bancroft, the histor- 
ian, who was a vigorous old roan at ninety, that 
the secret of a long life is in never losing one's 
temper. The remaik was simply a concrete way 
of expressing the hycienic value of amiability — 
a principle which, until lately, has scarcely been 
considered in the training of children. Hitherto 
we have regarded fretfulness, melancholy and 
bad temperas the natural concomitants of illness. 
But modern science shows that these mental 
moods have actual power to produce disease, 
No doubt, in most case?, imperfect bodily con- 
ditions are I h? cause of irritable and depressed 
feelings, yet sometimes the reverse is true, asd 
a better knowledge of physiological laws would 
show them to be effect, rather than cause. The 
fact that discontented and gloomy people are 
never in good health, is an argument in favor of 
the theory that continual indulgence in unhap- 
py thoughts, acts as a poison and creates some- 
form of disease. Moreover, such people radiate 
an unwholesome influence, which, like the atmos- 
phere of a malarial region, one cannot help in- 
haling. They also lack hope and energy, and are 
far more likely to succumb to prevailing epidem- 
ics, than those of a cheerful temperament. A 
variety of motives, therefore — our personal well- 
being, regard for the dear ones of our households, 
and loyalty to the divine Master, who forbids our 
taking anxious thought, — should inspire us to 
cultivate a sunny disposition.- N. W. Q-ristian Ad- 
vocate. 



"SHE WAS KINE TO EVERYBUD1E." 

BY J. F. EBERSOLE. 

What a world of meaning, what a text for hu- 
manity! 

Not long since I chanced to see in a paper, an 
account of the finding of a rudely carved tomb- 
stone in a remote part of the country, bearing the 
above inscription. What it lacks in spelling is 
more than made up in sentiment. Some happy 



M!S3 NOAH. 



The scholar should know his textbooks, else he 
may have the mortification of being outmatched 
in his own specialty by a layman, as in this story 
from an exchange: 

A child was brought to a Yorkshire vicar for 
baptism. As he was told that the name was to be 
Noah, he naturally referred to the infantas' he" 
in the course of the service. Soon he felt his 
surplice pulled by one of the women, who whis- 
pered to him that " it was a lass." 

'■ But Noah is not a girl's name," said the parson. 

" Yes, it is," spoke up the child's father. 

An adjournment was made to the vestry to settle 
the point. The father said that, whenever he had 
a child to be named, he opened the Bible and 
chose the first name of the proper sex that met 
his eye. The clergyman insisted that in the pres- 
ent case a mistake had been made, whereupon the 
father opened the Bible at Numbers 26: 33, and 
read, "The names of the daughters of Zelophehad 
were Noah," etc. 

There was no more to be said — Selected. 



THS STRANQER WITHIN THE O.ATES. 



Margaret E Sangster, in the Christian Herald, 
has some good things to say under the above 
heading. We clip the best from her article: 



Jan. 15, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



43 



"When one goes away from home to pay even 
a friendly visit, there are certain obligations which 
belong to her as a guest. She is bound, for in- 
stance, to be courteous and amiable, to be blind 
and deaf to anything unpleasant which may oc- 
cur in the family who are entertaining her, to be 
as entertaining as possible, and in every way to 
add to the happiness of those under whose roof 
she tarries for a time. All well-bred people un- 
derstand that no gi-'cU, who is in the least polite, 
will be indifferent to the rules of the household. 
If people have certain hours for breakfast and 
dinner, she will conform to these, even if these 
are quite different from the hours she keeps at 
home. 

"She will never be late in fulfilling an engage- 
ment, she will be interested in the friends of her 
hostess, and when these friends come to call on 
her, or when they show her polite attentions, she 
will manifest her pleasure and will be as agreeable 
as she can, to every one whom she meets. She 
will try to keep her room in order, and though 
she may not 6nd it necessary to relieve her host- 
ess of any cares, she will certainly not add to 
the burden of care, which belongs to the keeping 
of every house. If her hostess has no domestic 
help, it will be quite in order for the guts*, stay- 
ing a day, a week, or a month, to take charge of 
her own room, and in any little unobtrusive way 
to assist the mistress in whatever she may be do- 
ing. 

" But she will not always keep herself with the 
family; the ideal guest has resources in herself. 
She has her own engagements, her letters to 
write, her books to read, her walks to take, her 
occupations which will enable her at times to with- 
draw from the family, and leave it to its own 
privacy and its own concerns. A judicious moth- 
er once told her daughter who was going away for 
the first visit from home, ' I cannot tell you how 
to behave, except that, of course, you will be as 
considerate and thoughtful away from home as 
you have been trained to be in your own mother's 
"*, f house; but every family likes, at times, to be by 
itself, so be careful that you are not always in 
evidence. Sometimes go away by yourself, and do 
not feel that you must always be entertained.' 

" In this world we are all bound up in one bun- 
dle. No one of us, on account of more fortunate 
environment or easier social position, has a right 
to look down upon, or to be unkind, to any other. 
If we are guests under the roof of an over-bur- 
dened farmer's wife, guests by right of a weekly 
amount which we pay her, we still must endeavor 
by our promptness, our willingness to be pleased, 
our occasional taking upon ourselves of little 
duties which may relieve her, to make her life 
smoother and easier than it would be if we were 
selfish and churlish. Especially should the moth- 
er, who has little children under her care, remem- 
ber this. I have seen children allowed to trample 
down the beloved flowerbeds, which the mistress 
of the house had cared for, as if they were the 
very joy and pride of her heart. We would sel- 
dom hear objections to the presence of children 
anywhere, if they were taught, as they should in- 
variably be, to have due regard for the rights of 
others, as well as for their own pleasure. Even a 
baby may be persuaded not to pick ' the lady's 
flowers,' 

"There is one thing which people are not as care- 
ful in considering as they might be, and that is 
punctuality in making and meeting appointments. 
If you are going to a house some miles from a 
village, you should inform yourself with precision 
as to the arrival and departure of trains, and if 
you send word that you may be expected at a 
certain day and hour, be sure that you are there, 
unless providentially hindered. A busy man 
leaves his work in the fields, and drives over five 
or six miles to meet a woman who, at the last 
moment, has decided that she will not start until 
the next day. All the arrangements of his day 
are thus deranged, and this sort of heedlessness is 
a direct violation of the law which tells us to do ai 
we would be done by." 



CORRESPONDENCE . 



California Missions. 

Tbis writing brings the writer to the close of an- 
other very eventful year. Many blessings can be 
recalled, — sorrows, though unbidden, have also 
come. Many miles have been traveled over. The 
Father's watch-care has been present all the way, 
and all the time. I have now spent nearly two 
months among the churches and missions m this 
great field of the Lord. I spent three weeks of act- 
ive work among the " busy bees" of Los Angeles. 
They are not drones; they are workers. Bro. P. S. 
Myers, with his helpers, is working this part of the 
field. 

I then went to Colton. This is one of their mis- 
sion posts, and is in care of Bro. M. M. Eshelman. 
Here we enjoyed a love feast, that was deserving of 
the name, The little band seemed to have a full 
cup " wrung out " to each member. Ps. 73: 10. 

As I visit and work in these city missions, how I 
do wish that all our brethren and sisters could see 
for themselves the very arduous work and intense 
anxiety, which those who have charge of the work 
must do and endure. When you have seen the 
work, etc., and then see how happy the new-born 
souls are, you will want to give much more to mis- 
sions than you ever gave before. 

The feast here, and also at Los Angeles, partook 
of all the essentials of a love /east, as fully as any 
feasts that I ever attended. The Brethren have an- 
other mission at Pomona, under the care of Bro. B, 
F. Masterson. This, like the others, requires con- 
stant and well-directed attention. I hope to visit it 
early in the new year, O for more consecration of 
life and means, all over the Brotherhood, so that 
the Lord's wiil may be done in us and by ust I 
am now (Dec, 29) in the San Jacinto Valley. The 
work here is in care of Eld. I, M. Gibble, 

A. Hutchison. 

Lordsburg, Cal. 

Asia Minor Mission. 

Last Friday Bro. Melkom and I went to Aidin, t 
visit the three brethren that we have there. We 
found them strong, as ever, in the faith, much unit' 
ed, and endeavoring to set a good example of Chris- 
tian walking among the three thousand who only 
wear the garb of Christianity, and the forty thou 
sand who worship "but one God," but whose proph 
et is Mahomet. We were much impressed and edi 
fied with their piety, earnestness, and childlike 
faith, They have suffered, and suffer yet, a great 
deal, from the members of the corrupt Greek 
church, which they have left. The persecution di 
rected against them is the boycott! But God has 
been very good to them in that they have had an 
increase of customers, but among the Mohamme- 
dam, this time, so that, although poor, they are not 
deprived of " food and raiment," — the necessary 
things of life. Bro. Anastase, who is eighty-seven 
years old, has a little shop 4x4 feet, where he sells 
socks, straps, belts, etc. The Holy Bible is always 
near him, which, with weak eyes, he reads in his 
moments of leisure. He said, " I have found great 
peace in Jesus, and much daily comfort in the read- 
ing of his Word." 

Besides our members there are only three Protes- 
tants (formerly orthodox Greeks), in Aidin. They 
are men who know the Scriptures well, whose faith 
in Christ is strong, and whose spirituality has 
caused us to marvel. One of them is the propri- 
etor of the little hotel at which we were staying, so, 
in one of the rooms, we held our services, at which 
our three members, the three Protestants, Bro. Mel 
kom and I (altogether eight) met to worship. Be 
sides preaching the Word, we also explained our 
doctrines, proving and substantiating them by the 
Scriptures. 

The evening previous to our departure, Bro. Her 
aclion Ktitikakis, proprietor of the hotel, confessed 
Christ, and expressed to us a strong desire to re- 
ceive Gospel baptism, and join our Fraternity. He 
had to wait until after 11 P. M., when everybody 
was asleep at bis inn (for nothing but an " inn " it 



), to receive this ordinance. It was bitter cold, 
the wind blew hard, the moon shone brightly 
above the countless minarets of this thoroughly 
Turkish city, when we went to where deep running 
waters awaited us. There another precious soul 
was buried with Christ in baptism, to rise up in 
newness of life. And thus, by the grace of God, we 
have now four members in Aidin, with strong hope 
that the two remaining Protestants,— thoroughly 
consecrated men, — will soon join with the four 
brethren that we have there. Bro, Heraclion is 
thirty-eight years old. Greek, which he speaks 
very correctly, is his mother tongue. Besides that, 
he knows Turkish, which everybody knows, and 
must know, in the interior. 

The brethren are very anxious to have, as soon as 
possible, a minister, to impart to them the Word of 
God. We have succeeded in sending one to Phila- 
delphia, and now we shall try to send another one 
to Aidin, which, by the way, was once the renowned 
Thrallts. We are told that Aidin is a very good and 
promising field, for a young, active, energetic pas- 
tor. We have returned much pleased and encour- 
aged, and expecting "great things" there, through 
the mercy of God, the consistent lives of our few 
rnembers, and the man whom the Lord may appoint 
as overseer of that flock! G.J, Fercken, 

Smyrna, Asia Minor, Dec. 13. 



Eome Jottings. 



—It is evening,— the last one in 1897. Only a 
few short hours, and the old year, with its record of 
joys and sorrows, will be gone, and a new scene of 
time ushered in. Can it be possible that three hun- 
dred and sixty-five days have been given us for im 
provement? The year has gone, and if we have 
been idle the account will be still sadder, for the op- 
portunities have been given. 

— No. 1 of the Messenger is here. When I 
worked on the Pilgrim and Primitive Christian, we 
always expected a little rest, as only fifty numbers 
were issued. This, no doubt, was jn.ore_apjyeciated 
by the printers I han the readers. The church paper 
should be a welcome guest in every home, and the 
plea we sometimes hear, "We have no time to 
read," is not well founded. It is certainly true that 
we always find time to do what most interests us, 
and this is true of reading as well, We should take 
time to read, and time to read the church paper, 
too. This we will do if we are sufficiently interest- 
ed in the church and her work. I think I have 
read every issue since the beginning of the publica- 
tion of the Pilgrim, which is about twenty-eight 
years ago, and we hope we shall never be too busy 
to read the good news from the churches. 

— The letter in No, 1, from Bro. Fercken, is cer- 
tainly very encouraging, and should stimulate to 
greater activity in the mission work in general. 
Our foreign fields are enlarging their borders, and, 
perhaps, working harder than some of our home 
churches. Are we throwing out the life-line (0 
those who are perishing? 

—Our short stay in the city of York, during 
the Ministerial Meeting, in November, was made 
very pleasant by the kindness of the members there, 
Bro. Joseph Long certainly has a body of people 
that reflect great credit on their pastor. We 
learned that the church stands high in the estima- 
tion of the city people, and their services are large- 
ly attended. We are sure it is not because they are 
fashionable, for they are models of neatness and 
" order," and exceedingly kind to everybody. 

— On this trip we (husband and self) also took 
in a day of the Ministerial Meeting, near Hagers- 
town, We also stopped over Sunday at Waynes- 
boro, where Bro. J. A. Dove, of Virginia, was hold- 
ing a series of meetings, and preaching grand ser- 
mons. 

—On Thanksgiving Day, Bro. Albert Hollinger 
preached morning and evening, in Shippensburg, 
our home congregation. Ha is much interested in 
his work in Washington, and is laboring hard to get 
a house of worship. We hope it will not be long 
until the amount will be raised, 

Wealthy A, Burkholdbr. 




TIKE! GOSPEL 3VEESSE3SrGEK-. 



Jan 



INDIANA. 

English Prairie.-We held our council Dec. 
2 with a good representation. We reorganized 
ou'r Surdsy school for the winter. We also re- 
ceived two members by ktter.-/eA» Long, Brighton, 
Ind, Jan. I. 

Laporte.-Eld. Lemuel Hillery, of Goshen, Ind., 
commenced preaching at the Water/ord church, 
in Laporte congregation, a week ago, and last 
evening began a series of discourses, entitled, 
" The Contrast Between the Law and the Gospel." 
This series will require a number of sermons- 
Thurst'ii Miller, Jtu 5. 

Foit Wayne— We held our quarterly council 
Jan 1 witn Bro. Daniel Snell presiding, assisted 
by Bro. J. Ahner. We reorganized our Sunday 
school, t- e writer being appointed Superintend- 
ent. We are now arranging to purchase a lot for 
a churchhouse, which we are much in need of, 
as the hall is very inconvenient.— A M. Efyjan. 4 
Roann.— Last night we closed an interesting one 
week's meeting, conducted by our home minis- 
ter. Two came out on the Lord's side, — man 
and wife,— and received Christian baptism. Yes- 
terday we reorganized our evergreen Sunday 
school, with Bro. Arthur Dillman as Superintend- 
ent Social meetings ate held every Wednesday 
night. -Joeph John, Jan. 3. 

Pipe Creek.— Bro. W. L. Hatcher, of Ridgeway, 
Ind, commenced a series of meciings at Onward, 
D;c! 13, and continued until D;c 23 delivering 
eleven sermons in that village. One made the 
good confession and was baptized. It was thought 
by many that ihe meetings closed too soon. There 
were many regiets that Bro. Hatcher could not 
stay longer.— IK. B. Dai'ey, Peru, Ind, Dec 2S. 

Horth Fork— Bro. Isaac W. Brubaker, of La- 
j>'.ace, 111,, commenced a series of meetings here 
on the evening of Dec. 18, and preached, in all, 
twen y sermons to large and attentive congrega- 
tions. While there were no immediate additions, 
we feel that much good has been done. The 
meetings closed Jan. 2, with encouraging attend- 
ance and the best of interest.— John Deal, Pyrmir.t, 
In4.. Jem. 3. 

North Liberty— To day our quarterly council 
passed off,— pleading and profitable to aH. All 
officers of '97 were re elected for 'c.8 The church 
decided to have a singing-school in the near fu- 
ture, to be conducted by Sister Iva Ulery, of Ply- 
mouth, Ind. Our Sunday school has closed. We 
hope to re-open it with the second quarter. Bro. 
Dsniel Whitmer is our elder. We have three min- 
isters, and 1 ;o lay-members.— Maggie M. Good, Jin, 



Antioch. — Eld. Noah Fisher was induced to 
locate here, and moved among us last O:tober. 
Soon after this we repaired our churchhouse. We 
now have an excellent edi5ce. It is the best 
a'icience room in town. The house was dedicated 
N '. 28. Ed. Fisher preached the dedicatory 
sermon. The meetings were then continued for 
three weeks, every night. Seven united with the 
churth by baptism, and one was restored to fel- 
lowship. At the conclusion of the meetings we 
held our love feast Dec. 18, and it was a soul- 
checriag feast — A. B. Mil'er, Anderson, Ind., Jan. 3. 
Baugo.— Eld. W R. Deeter commenced a series 
ci meetings in Wakarusa Dec. 16. and continued 
to Jan. 3. He labored hard while with us. He 
preached two sermons on baptism, and one on 
feet-washing and the Lord's Supper. He proved 
clearly that we are right in the position we take. 
The last meeting was a special council for the 
purpose of electing a minister. Bro, Elias Swartz 
wa3 the choice of the .church. The installation 
services were solemn and impressive. At the 
close of this service one came forward, express- 
ing a desire to be baptized in the near future. — 
Christian Metiltr, Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 4. 



Buck Creek. — Dec. :i Bro. L. W. Teeter, of 
Hagerstown, Ind, commenced a series of meet- 
ings here, and continued until Dec. 29, preaching 
twenty-three sermons. Four were baptized. One 
has been a Sunday school teacher for three years. 
Our quarterly council was held Dec. 25 — /. B. 
Wike, M011 eland, Ind., Die. 30. 

Elkhart Valley. — Our quarterly council was 
held Dec. 23. Bro. Bolinger preached for us D;c 
16. Bro. J. C. Murray is expected to begin a se- 
ries of meetings at our church the latter part 
of January. We have a membership of nearly 
eighty. Bro. D. I'uteibaugh and wife, two of our 
active Sunday school workers, arc spending the 
winter in Louisiana. About fifteen months ago 
we decided to have an evergreen Sunday school, 
and since that time our work has been steadily- 
growing. During the year 1S97 we had an average 
attendance of sixty, the last quarter averaging 
seventy-nine. One class of eight little folks were 
each given five cents, last spring, to invest. The in- 
vestment was to be collected on Christmas, for 
the India mission, and amounted to S5 25 The 
song seivice, conducted by Sister Anna Bussard, 
has improved our singing very much. During the 
year six were baptized and two reclaimed. Only 
one of this number was from the Sunday school. — 
Clara E. Slavffer, Dienla/s, Ind., Jan 3. 
PENNSYLVANIA. 
Belleville. — Bro. Wm. S. Ritchc-y, of Bedford 
County, commenced a series of meetings at-Gib- 
boney's schoolhouse, near Belleville, Dec. 18, and 
closed Dec. 28. One was added to our number. 
On Sunday, Dec. 26, Bro. Ritchey preached two 
impressive sermons in the Amish church, near by. — 
E. B. Grassmyer, Miff/ in County, Fa., Jan. 3. , 

Tulpehocken. — We held our quarterly council 
Dec, 20. Elders J, H. Longenecker, John Hertz- 
ler and Israel Wenger were called in. The church 
decided to hold an ekciion for a deacon. The 
lot fell on brethren Edwin K'irtz and Joseph 
I Wilhelm. Bro. John Heir was advanced to the 
full ministry. Seven were received into the 
church by baptism.— Ella V. Loystr, EiMand, Lib- 
amn Co., Pa ,Jon. 2. 

Lost Creek.— Nov. 27 Bro. C. C. Ellis came to 
us, and gave us three sermons. Dec. 4 Bro. J. 
Kurtz Miller came to us. He preached on Sun- 
day, and commenced a series of Bible lessons Dec. 
6, which he continued until the nth, They were 
highly appreciated. Dec. i3 Bro. Silas Hoover 
commenced a series of meetings and continued 
until the 28th, giving, in all, fifteen sermons. Our 
only regret was that the meetings closed so soon. 
One came out on the Lord's side and was bap- 
tized. Later four others signified their willing- 
ness to come, but are not baptized yet. Jan. 1 
we held our quarterly council. The average 
attendance of our Sunday school for the last quar- 
ter was 103. Brethren J. H. Smith and H. J. 
Shellenberger were elected Superintendents. One 
member was reclaimed.— John Hart, Swales, Pa , 
Jan. ;. 

ReadiDg. — On New Year's Day our small band 
of workers met to organize our Reading church, 
which formerly belonged to the Maiden Creek 
congregation. We elected two deacons, — breth- 
ren Alvin Longenecker and Daniel Stouffer. Bro, 
John Herr, of Myerstown, is our cider. We have 
no minister yet, in Reading. Brethren John Herr 
and Christian Bucher had this place in charge 
heretofore. Everything at the council was done 
in spirit and in love. We feel thankful to have 
a nice house of worslvp that we can call our own. 
Our house was dedicated Sept. 26. It stands on 
an elevated spot. Its dimensions 2re forty by 
sixty feet, and it is two rqrares from P. & R. 
depot. It is a substantial brick house, atranged 
for love feast purposes. We intend holding a feast 
by spring. Bro. Pfoutz, of Farmersville, preached 
for us during our revival services, which were held 
for two weeks Three young sisters came out on 
the Lord's side and were. baptized in the Schuyl- 
kill River.— G. H. Sherman, Jan. j . 



Conestoga— Our ch'irch met in council Jan. 1. 
All business was disposed of in a pleasant manner. 
Jan. 2 eight of the converts were baptized irto 
Christ.— Lizzie Myerjan. 3. 



Brother's Valley.— Our series of meetings, at the 
Pike churchhouse, closed last evening. Bro. Jas- 
per Barnthouse, of Markleysburg, Pa, was with 
us over two weeks, and preached twenty sermons. 
Thirteen precious souls were baptized. Others 
were deeply impressed, and the members en- 
couraged on their way Zionward. — Clara G. Rieman, 
Berlin, Pa., Dee. 2y. 

Ephrata.— Two more accepted Christ since my 
last report. This makes eleven in all. They were 
aH baptized in a beautiful spiing at Springville, 
on Christmas forenoon. In the afternoon Bro. I. 
Taylor preached a good sermon on how to cele- 
brate Christ's birthday. After the sermon, offi- 
cers for the Sunday school were elected. Bro. S. 
W. Kulp and the writer were elected Superintend- 
ent and Assistant.— Dc-ii Kiilafner, Jan. 3. 

Meyersdale.— We held our yearly council Jan. 
I, 1S9S. Everything passed off pleasantly. The 
church agreed to send 839.10, donated on Thanks- 
giving Day, one-third to Home Mission and two- 
thirds to General Mission. Ojr Sunday school 
collection, Jin, 2, for Washington meetinghouse,, 
was S17 13 About 2;o were in attendance at 
our Christmas exercises, which consisted of essays 
on Christmas and Christ, and some speeches. 
Regular church seiviccs fo'lowed at 10: 30 — /, C„ 
Joltnson,Jan.3. 

Harrisburg. — We have now completed a year 
of active church work in this city. While the re- 
sults are not all we would desire to behold, yet 
we know that the Lord has been with us, and has 
blessed us in our efforts. Seven precious souls 
have united with the church within this year. Our 
Sunday school has been steadily increasing in 
number and interest. We realize that the Lord 
has a work for us to do in this city, and we pray 
that the new year may be more abundant in labor ; 
for the Master. — Ssrah A. Hawk, 439 Walnut St, 
Jan. 4. 

Woodbury.— Eld. Jas. A. Sell began a series of 
meetings at the Replogle meetinghouse Dec. 11, 
and closed D;c. s6 He preached, in all, nine- 
teen sermons, eight of which were f'om the life 
of Joseph, so far as he was a type of Christ. 
These, as well as all he preached, were made veiy 
practical. The good seed sown, we trust, will 
be gathered not many days hence. Owing to 
the inclemency of the weather, the attendance was 
not as large as it otherwise would have been. 
After services, on Christmas, a collection was tak- 
en, and S3 00 raised for the Washington Mission. 
We closed our Sunday school Jan. 2. until the 
openi'ng of the second quarter of 189S. In our 
young people's meeting, which meets each Sun- 
day evening, we likely will follow the Interna- 
tiona! Sunday School Lessons.—/. C. Stayer, Bed- 
ford County, Pa., Jan. 4- 

KANSAS. 

Cottonwood.— We are enjoying a splendid se- 
ries of meetings, conducted by Bro. W. H. Lea- 
man, of Madison,. Kans. There have been two 
accessions, and several more are very near the 
kingdom, The meetings are expected to continue 
for some time yet.—; John G. Ssrgent, Dunlop, Kens., 
D:c.3t. 

Ozawkie. — We had a very enjoyable meeting on 
Christmas Day. The meetings were continued 
each evening until Jan. 2. Th; attendance was 
good and the interest manifested leads us to be- 
lieve there was good accomplished. The meet- 
ings were conducted by ihe home ministers, as- 
sisted by Bro. Walter Brunton, of York, N. Dak, 
Jan. 3 the brethren will commence a series of 
meetings at the Mt Pleasant schoolhouse, four 
miles west of Ozawkie. Our Sunday school is in- 
teresting. Bro. A. J. Smith is our Superintendent. 
— H. L. Brammell, Jan. 3 . 



Ja 



THE GOSPEL MBSSENGEB. 



Lyndon. -As home missionary for Northeastern 
Kansas I have been laboring mostly among iso- 
lated members, and End the work much more ar- 
duous, than where the church is established. I 
arn now at this place holding forth in the Chris- 
tian church. Congregations and interest sre good. 
Same express themselves very favorably— C. H. 
Brown, Jan. j. 

Maple Grove. — Dec. 25 Bro Wm. Jarboe 
preached at the Salem schoolhouse. The next 
day meetings were held at the G'enwood school- 
house at 11 A. M and also at 7 P. M. On Mon- 
day morning we met at Bro. Hutchison's house for 
social- meeting. Bro. Jarboe has labored for seven 
years with the members of the Fairview church 
baptizing, during that time, over fifty members! 
The Brethren heic are very zealjus— B"ot L Tiny 
'Oitn-qxe, Kern., Dec. jr. 

Kansas City. — We are now engaged in a series 
■of meetings in the Kansas City church, and are 
having a very good meeting, with the best of in- 
terest on the part of the citizens. Last Sa'urday 
at the council, W. A. Gerber was elected to the 
ministry and Bro. D. G. Sell, deacon. Bro. Jacob 
Brugh was advanced to the second degree of the 
ministry. We also sppointcd a committee on 
location and one on solicitation for funds, hoping 
to soon have a meetinghouse in Kansas City. 1 
will devote as much of my time as I can, for some 
'time to come, to the work in the city. Any one 
having friends in the City, who want a visit paid 
to them, will write me, up to Feb. 15, at 910 Pa- 
cific Street, Kansas City, Kins, and I will visit 
thern and try to get them interested in our serv- 
ices. — /. //, Critl. Jan. 4. 



<I5 



ived into chinch (el- 
)ur last report.— John 



ts un- 
nterest 



South Poplar Ridge.— Eld. Perry McKimmey 
just closed a very interesting series of meetings. 
He cime here Dec. 1 1 and was with us until Dec. 
28 Two were baptized.— Ella. Nrffs'ii'cr, Dc flare, 
Ohio.Jcn 4. 

Sandy Church.— On the evening of Dec. 5 we 
began a scries of meetings at the Reading house 
of worship. The home ministry conducted the 
services until Wednesday evening. At this time 
Bro. Jno. F. Kahler, of Canton, Ohio, came in 
answer to the call of the church. The meeting 
continued until the ig'.h. Though there were no 
accessions to the church we have reason to be- 
lieve that much good has been done. — Ella V/eaver, 
North Georgetown, Oh : o, Jan. 6. 

Hickory «rove.— Bro. D. L, Miller came to us 
on the evening of Dec. 10, and lectured to the 
High School that evening on "Peoples of the 
Orient." Next evening he lectured on "Ancient 
Cities of the East." On Sunday, Dec. 12, he 
preached for us at the Hickory Grove church and 
continued his preaching and Bible Land talks 
until the iS:h. Dec. 25 Bro. C. C, Ellis, of Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa., came to us. He also gave us a talk 
at the High School. He then preached fourteen 
sermons. Though there were no accessions, we 
feel that much good has been done.— Jacob Coppoek, 
Miami County, Ohio Jan 4. 

ILLINOIS. 
Lanark. — One was restored to fellowship, Dec. 
30 — /. Bemutl Trout, Jan. j. 

Sterling. — One was received into the Sterling 
church last Sunday, Jan. 2, by baptism— P. X. Kcli- 
n-.r,Jan. 3 

Walnut.— Bro. Samuel Bowser, of Ankney, Iowa, 
began preaching at this place Dec. IS, and con- 
tinued until the evening of Dec. 29. We have no 
additions to report, but have great reason to be- 
lieve that some lasting impressions were made. — 
Mattie Davis, AiUria, III., Dec. jo. 

Blue Ridge. — The members here met in the 
Mansfield house Jan. 1, for quarterly council. Eld- 
ers D. B. Gibson and Daniel Mohler were with 
us. E'der Gibson presided. We organized our 
Sunday school for the ensuing year with Brr. 
S. P. Kttupp as Superintendent. We use the Breth- 



Polo. — Two have been rec 
lowship, by bap-ism, since 
Heckman, Dec, 23. 

IOWA. 

Creston.— My health is so much impa 
winter, that I have canceled my appoint 
til my health is restored. 1 desire ar 
in the prayers of the Brotherhood in my behalf, 
that I may be again enabled to labor in the vine- 
yard of the Lord— M. Myers, D:c 28. 

Libertyville Church.— We met in regular coun- 
cil Dec. 25. One was rec'aimed. We decided to 
have an evergreen Sunday school; also to have 
Bible readings each Sunday evening before preach- 
ing, and to take up the topics given in the Gospel 
Messenger. We had Bible r-ac'ing and preach- 
ing during the last week of 1897, 'onc'ueted by 
home talent — C. E. Wolf, Botavia, Ii-wa, D<c jr. 

Batavia.— We ail think our Premium Bibles are 
grand. Many remark, "How can you people put 
up such a good Bible for the monei.?" One 
brother ordered three to be sent to his children, 
two of whom are members of the church. An- 
other brother ordered the Messenger ai;d Bible 
sent to one of his sons, and a Bible to another 
son, — none of whom are members of the church. 
That is the kind cf presents to give to your chil- 
dren. Thus they will know that, as parents, you 
are interested in their soul's salvation —C. E Wdf 
Dec. 3 i. 

V1ROINIA. 

Garber's Church.— Bro. S. A. Sanger, of Scott's 
Ford, Va., began preaching Dec. n, delivering 
nineteen sermons, closirg Dec. 2S. He also gave 
us an excellent sermon on Christmas Day, on the 
birth of our Savior. On Sunday morning, Dec. 
26, the first children's meeting was held at this 
place, in which Bro. Sanger gave an interesting 
talk, followed by Bro. W. K. Conner, of Brents- 
ville, Va. -One was baptized.— 5. /. Bowmen. Har- 
risinburg, Va., D.c j/ 

Nokesville— An eight days' Bible Term closed 
tonight at Brentsville. with a cheering and help- 
ful program. The school was well attended, and 
the interest excellent. We had efficient teaching 
by brethren W. E. Roop, on "Bible Geography 
and History;" Chas. D. Bonsacks, "Missionary 
Work; " Geo. Bucher, " Church History and the 
Sabbath;" A, Hollinger, "Giving;" Dennis Wei- 
mer, "Prophecies;" J. C. Beahm, " Sunday School 
Work." We also had instruction on Bible and 
hymn reading, and preparation and delivery of a 
discourse, by I. N, H. Beahm. Truly, the last 
week of \Sjj was spent in remarkable activity and 
joy.— G. W. Beahm, BrmlsriUe, Va„Jcit 2. 
OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 
Eatchelder. —The Turkey Creek church held 
her quarterly council Dec ir, the elder being ab 
sent, but we had a good meeting. Two were re- 
ceived by letter. We decided to have a prc- 
tracted meeting during January. The members 
seem to be much encouraged.— A. K. S:U, Foremen, 
Kay Co., Ok!a. T., Dec. 26. 

Mound Valley.— Bro. A. W. Austin commenced 
meetings here Dec. 7. Dec. 11 we held our love 
feast. Two were baptized before the feast. Later, 
others came out, — making twelve added to this 
little band, Bro. Austin is the first elder to come 
to us for over one year. At Bro. Enois' resig- 
nation we chose Bro. Appleman, but as he had 
all that he could do, he would not accept. We 
have now chosen Bro. Austin. Wc feel that it is 
a great task for him, as he lives about one hun 
dred and fifty miles away and has to travel by 
private conveyance. Any of our ministering breth- 
ren wishiug to change localities are invited to come 
and see our country. — Anna L. Henen, Thomas, 
Okla. T, Dec. 27. 

TENNESSEE. 

Frenchbroad.— Bro. Frank Nine and wife, cf 
West Virginia, have been visiting their parents at 
place. While with us Bro. Nine favored us 



MISSOURI. 

Mound City. — The Brethren of the Bethel 
church will commence a Bible Normal at the 
Squaw Creek meetinghouse Jan, 15, and continue 
until Jan. 23 The Normal is to be conducted by 
Bro. A. C. Wieand, of McPh-rson, Kans An in- 
vitation is extended to M.— Wm. G Andes, Jan. 2 

Kidder.— We held our regular quarterly council 
Jan. 1 Not an unpleasant remark was made. 
We reorganized the Sunday school wi h Bro. 
Israel Smtee as Superintendent. We also de- 
cided to have a term of Bible lessons, under the 
instruction of Sister Mary E Martin, lately of 
Washington, D C.— W.S,Ellenb:< K r,Jin ; 
MICHU1AN. 

Frontier. — Eld. Daniel Snc-11, of Sidney, Ind , 
commenced meetings here on the evening of Dec. 
8, in the village of Frontier, and continued until 
the evening of Dec. 23 preaching 
sermons. We had good 



enty-two 
ins. Some 
Aras the first 
nd our doc- 
Aiere no ad- 
aide- Noah 



gregatn 
nights the hall was too small. This 
time the Brethren ever preached here, a 
trine was new to everybody. There 
ditions, but lasting impressions were r 
L<n S Jim. J. 

ARKANSAS. 

St. Francis.— We met in council Dec. 2.). We 
reorganized cur Sunday school. We decided to 
drop one of the preaching appointments for the- 
present, it being about twenty-four mile3 away, 
and only one minister to attend to it. As he has 
three other appointments it keeps him busy. Bro. 
J. Sloniker presided over the meeting in a very 
acceptable manner. Our corresponding clerk hav- 
ing left us, the writer was appointed in his place.— 
/. C. Oiban, Palest in, Ark , Dec. jr. 
MINNESOTA. 

Root River.— Bro. O. J. Beaver commenced a 
series of meetings here Dec. 5, closirg Dec, 23. 
Five precious souls, some young in yets, were 
received into the church by baptism. We held 
our quarterly councii.jan. i. WrTjeCHeia ie;"iioiu 
our love feast June 18, and to have two weeks' 
meetings previous to that time.— limit Broadwater, 
Prairie Queen, Minn., Jan. ?. 

■ WEST VIRGINIA. 
Eglon.— Dec. 25 Eld. I. W. Abernathy began a 
series of meetings at Maple Spring, and closed 
Jan. 2. Not being well, the brethren assisted him 
in a few of the preaching services One was re- 
claimed and three applied for baptism. Six se- 
ries of meetings were held in this congregation 
during the past year, and forty- four were added 
to the church — Rachel Weimcr Judy. Jan j, 
NEBRASKA. 
Kearney.— I am here preaching in the W od 
River congregation. Owing to the Holidays and 
the amusements, usually aitending these occasions, 
our attendance has not been large, but with seem- 
ingly good interest. I will go from here, in a few 
days, to Aurora, Nebr., to hold some meetings at 
that place.— //. W. StricHir, Dec. :q. 



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ren's literature and Sunday School Song Book. — I with twelve good sermons. — Kate McCrany, Nina, 
Bernice A<hm;re, Matt'fiili, III, Jan. 2. \ Tein., Die. 28. 



Special Bible Term, P/attsburg, Mo., Feb. 1-14, 1898. 



Lands of rhe Bible, Including the Geography and Polit- 
ical Divisions. 

2. How to Conduct Bible Readings, 

3. The Life of Christ— His Work, Humanity, Divinity and 
Building ot His Church. 

4. Homilelics. 

5. The Old Testament as Related to the New, 
6 Sunday School Work and Workers, 

7. Fundamental Church Doctrines. 

8. How to Win Souls to Christ. 



A.-rangen 
ris College, 


ents are made with Prof. J. G. Royer, of Mt. Mor- 
to take a prominent part of the work. 


Ministers 
Bible are 

ertained at 


Snndav school workers, and all students of the 
arnestly S' licited to attend, Special arrange- 
to accommodate ministers. All others will be en- 
specially low rates. Tuition free. 

S. Z. Sharp, 



THE GOSIFIEILj MESSENGER/. 



Jan. 15 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



A Minister Wanted. 



The South River church, Madison Co., Iowa 
feels the urgent need of some ministerial as 
sistance, and desires to correspond with some 
brother who is in full sympathy with the Broth 
erhood, with a view of locating with us. We 
have a comfortable meetinghouse and a devot- 
ed membership. There will be a chance tc 
buy or rent land, within a reasonable distance 
Address the writer. W. W. FOLGER. 

Folgt-r, Clarke Co., Ioiva, Jan. 3. 



Joyous Giving. 

Whether we are blest by giving, depends 
very much on the spirit in which we give, for 
giving is twofold. If done cheerfully, the giver 
and receiver are each blest; if grudgingly, the 
receiver only is benefited- 

Such joyous giving it has never been our lot 
to witness, as was exhibited in our Sunday 
school this fall, when a class of little workers 
brought in their first missionary offering. 

In the early summer each had been given 
five cents to invest. The result of this invest- 



ed 1 



*2 4y 



Part of it was given back for future invest 
ment, and, if properly encouraged, these littl 
workers will continue to labor and give, am 
who can measure the result to themselves am 
the cause of our Master? Anna Bowman. 

{Sicnstcd, Mo. 



More Workers. 



The church 



efficic 



How may we obtain them? 

1. The Bible schools, held at different plac- 
es, are a power for good. 

2. The Brethren schools, if properly con- 
ducted, will be a much-needed help to our 
church work. 

3. Singing schools are also a valuable help. 
They will be helpful to all church workers. 

4. Sunday schools are a necessity to the 
church, and are calculated to mould the senti- 
ment of ihe young, to lead their energies in the 

^ilircaiun L'f doing gnml, and serving God. 

- : . I'mver meetings arc of much worth 
They are calculated to lift the soul up to God 

6. More preachers are needed to spread the 
Gospel, and build up the waste places, bring- 
ing souls home to God. 

7. Mure missionaries are needed to enlighter 
the heathen nations and turn sinners heaven- 
ward. J. H. Mills 

Elkhart, hid. 



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GERGASON.— In the Walnut Valley 
church, near Heizer, Kans., Dec. 18, 1897, Jo- 
sephine, eldest daughter of Sister Caroline 
Burgtorf, aged 29 years, 9 months and 6 days. 
She was married March 18, 1886, to Hans Ger- 
gason. She leaves a husband aad six small 
children. Funeral services by the Lutheran 
minister, and interment in the Everett grave- 
yard. . Mollie Martin. 

KATHERMAN.— In the Woodland church 
Mich., Nov. 29, 1897, of apoplexy, Hannah Jane 
Katherman («« Byrd), aged 49 years, 6 months 
and 9 days. She, with her husband, united 
with the Brethren church in 1S81. She 
husband, one son, and four daughters, 
al improved by brethren Wm. Boggs and 
Isaiah Rairigh. John M. Smith. 

MAUZY.— In the Washington church, Kos- 
ciusko County, Ind., Dec, 22, 1897, Bro. Jesse 
Wood Mauzy, son of Bro. and Sister Nathan 
Mauzy, aged 20 years, 2 months and 29 day 
He united with the Brethren church when 
but sixteen years of age. He lived a faithful 
Christian life till his death. Funeral services 
were held by the writer. H. H. Brallier. 

STERNS.— In Mt. Etna, Iowa, at the resi- 
dence of her son, Charles Sterns, Nov. 26, 1897, 
of inflammatory rheumatism, Mrs. Mary Sterns, 
relict of John Sterns, deceased, aged about 75 
years. They were bom, raised, and married, 
in Pennsylvania, and united with the Ri 
Brethren. They leave two sons and 1 
daughters. Funeral services in the Breth 
church, Nov. 30, from Heb, 4: 9, by the under- 
signed. Interment in the Dunker cemetery, 
southwest of Mt. Etna. M, Myers. 



LEVI.— In the Fort Scolt church, Kansas, 
Dec, 26, 1897, of paralysis, Elizabeth A. Levi, 
ged 79 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was 
10m in Washington County, III., May 6, 1827. 
She leaves two daughters and two sons. Our 
aged sister, while visiting one of the members, 
ung in a rocking chair, when, sudden- 
ly, she fell helpless to the floor, and never re- 
ered. Funeral services conducted by Bro. 

C. S. Garber. Text. 2 Tim. 4:6, 7, 8. 

Mary E, Tisdale. 
NORRIS.— In the Sugar Creek congrega- 
nt, near Lima, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1897, Mary E. 
Drris, infant daughter of Bro. M. C. and Sis- 
r Chloe E. Norris, aged 3 months and 28 
days. Funeral services at the church, by Eld. 
Samuel Driver. David Byerly. 

DETWILER.— Near Pennsville, Fa., Nov. 
1, 1897, Eva May Detwiler, aged 9 years, 6 
months and 4 days. Services by the writer. 

HORNER.— In the Jacob's Creek congrega- 
tion, Westmoreland County, Pa., Dec. 23, 
97, Sister Anna Horner, aged 75 years, 8 
anths and 28 days. Sister Horner united 
th the church early in life, and lived a faith- 
ful, consistent life to the end. Funeral servi- 
s from 2 Cor. 5: 1-10, by the writer. 

H. S. Myers. 

MARTIN.— In the St. Joseph Valley church, 

iar Mishawaka, Ind., Dec. 19, 1897, Sister 

Margaret, wife of Bro. Jacob Martin, aged 62 

years, 11 months and 22 days. She united 

with the Brethren church in 1851. Funeral 

rvices by the writer. 

JARVISE.— In the City of South Bend, Ind., 
Dec. 29, 1897, Sister Melvina, wife of Bro. Geo. 
W. Jarvise, aged 64 years, 7 months and 2 
e was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for twenty-five years. Funer- 
s by the writer, assisted by Eld, G. 

D. Zollers. H. W. Kreighbaum. 
BEAR.— In the Pigeon River church, Ind., 
ec. 21, 1897, Bro. Leonard Bear, aged 63 
:ars and 1 month. In 1S55 he was married to 

Barbara A. Myers. To them were born six 
children, two sons and four daughters. He 
vas a consistent member of the church for 
wenty-five years. Twenty-two of these he 
served in the office of deacon. He leaves a 
fe and four children. Funeral services by 
ethren M. C. Shotts and I. N. Snowberger, 
am 2 Tim. 4: 7. Artie Fast. 

LATSHAW.— In the Middle Fork church, 
Clinton Co., Ind., Dec. 14, 1S97, Sister Elizabeth 
Latshaw, aged 44 years, 9 months and 20 days. 
She leaves a son and daughter. Her husband 
died a few years ago of consumption. She 
as anointed a short time ago. Funeral serv- 
es by Eld. Solomon Blickenstaff, from Rev. 
: 4. John E. Metzger. 

WEDDLE.— In the Fairview congregation, 
ouglas Co., Ma, Nov. 29, 1897, Eliza Weddle, 
aged 25 years. She was born in Floyd Coun- 
ty, Va., and moved to Missouri two years ago. 
a great sufferer with heart trouble, 
and leaves a dear husband and one little boy. 
Nannie Harman. 

GLICK.-In the Bethel congregation. Holt 
Co., Mo., Dec. 24, 1897, David Casper Glick, 
invalid son of Bro. Joel and Sister Axie Glick, 
aged 17 years, 8 months and 8 days. Funeral 
services by the writer, assisted by Bro. A. H. 
Partch, from 2 Sam. 12: 23. 

A. A. Weaver. 

TOWBERMAN.— At the home of her son, 
in the Barren Ridge congregation, Augusta Co., 
Va., Dec. 19, 1897, Sister Catherine Towber- 
man, aged 74 years, I month and 27 days. Sis- 
ter Towberrnan had been a devoted member 
of the church for a number of years. She was 
the mother of two sons. Her husband and one 
of the sons preceded her to the great beyond. 
Her only living brother, Eld. Samuel Flory, of 
South English, Iowa, who had comt 
Slate to see her, was permitted to be present 
her death and burial. Funeral services at 
Barren Ridge church, by Eld. Samuel Driver, 
from John 11: 11, 12. Interment at Mt. Zion 
cemetery. * N. Walter Coffman. 

STEWART.— At Moscow, Ida., Dec. 22, 
1897, of dropsy, Thomas Stewart, elder and 
only minister of the Old Order Brethren, at 
this place. He leaves an aged mother, a wife, 
and a number of children. Jas. Weimer. 

CARPER.— Near Nottawa, Mich., Sept. 6, 
1897, Sister Mary Carper, wife of Bro. John 
Carper, aged 30 years, 4 months and 25 days. 
Funeral services from John II; 25, by brethren 
Samuel Phiels and N. H, Shutt. 



19, 1897, Harry Werst- 
nths and 26 years. He 
while skating, and was 
vices by N. H. Shutt, 



nge Co,, Ind., De- 
aged 12 years, 5 r 
broke through the ice 
ned. Funeral : 
from Eccl. 12: 1. 
ARCHER.— In the bounds of the English 
rairie church, Lagrange Co., Ind., near Mon- 
go, Sept. 24, 1S97, Wava Archer, aged 2 years, 
snths and 22 days. Deceased was the 
daughter of Lafayette and Anna Archer. Fu- 
:ral services by Bro. N. H. Shutt, from 2 Sam. 
26. John Long. 

WILLIAMS.— In the Belleville church, Re- 
public Co., Kans., Dec. 29, 1897, of consump- 
.11, Ora Adison, second son of N. K. and 
misa J. Williams, aged 21 years, 1 month 
id 9 days. He was a constant sufferer since 
May 17, 1895. He united with the Brethren 
church in January, 1856. Funeral services by 
Bro. C. L. Holsinger, and others, from Rom. 3: 
C. L. Hol 



the 



GARRIAN.— At the "Old Folks' He 
irginia, Nov. 30, 1897, Sister Betsy Ga: 
aged about 76 years, She was buried ir 
Early graveyard. Funeral, Sunday, Dec. 5, at 
the Pleasant Run church, by Bro. Jacob Thom- 
S. I. Bowman. 
WEBER— In the Waddams Grove church, 
III., Dec. 21, 1897, Sister Anna Eliza (Garde) 
Weber. Deceased was born in 1825, at Well- 
angan, Switzerland. She was married to 
Nicholas Weber, in Berne, Switzerland, in 
came to America in 1S49, and settled in 
Ashland County, Ohio. Five years later they 
: to this place. About thirty-nine years 
ago she and her husband united with the 
church. She was a faithful member up to the 
of her death, which occurred Dec. 21, 
after an illness of four days. She was 
the mother of four children, two sons and two 
daughters. She leaves an aged husband and 
ions. She was buried at Louisa. Funeral 
by brethren Allen Boyer and David Eby, from 
att. 11: 28,29; Heb. 4:9, 10, 11; Rev. 14: 13. 
Levi Boyer. 
WANTZ.— In the Nettle Creek church, Ha- 
gerstown, Ind., Dec. 23, 1897, Sister Mary Ann 
(Ellabargerj Wantz, aged 43 years, 11 months 
13 days. She married David Wantr, Sept. 
26, 1876. To this union were born three sons 
d three daughteis; one son preceded her. 
ie united with the Brethren church at the 
age of twenty, and has ever remained a faith- 
ful member until her death. She leaves a 
husband and five children. Funeral services 
conducted at the Locust Grove church, by eld- 
ers L. W. Teeter and Abraham Bowman, from 
1 Cor. is: 57- 

EARNEST.— In Knightstown, Ind., Dec. 2g, 
1897, Sister Susannah (Reddffk) Earnest, aged 
73 years, 11 months and 2 days. Dec. 24, 1839, 
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a husband, two sons, and one daughter. Fu- 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL.- 

Iteras : ; .'. 49.56 

Our Creed, 57 

Doctrinal Lines, . S7 

The Standing Committee 57 

A Warning 57 

Training the Children S7 

POETRY.- 

" Mizpah," : • • So 

Thine Own Part 54 

Starved on the Streets S& 

ESSAY DEPARTMENT,— 

Vainglory. By F. D. Anthony 5° 

" Heady." By W. J. Swigart ■ So 

On the Way to Indla.-No. 8.— By S.N. McCann 5° 

Are These "Free Homes" Desirable? By Geo. L.McDonaugh, . . .51 
Obedience. By Chas. M. Yearout 51 

SERMON DEPARTMENT,— 

The Unclean Spirit Cast Out. A Sermon by John E. Mohier, . ; . . 52 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,— 

Lesson Light-Flashes 1 • • • 53 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

Our Affections— Where Are Theyf-Col. 3-a. ■ ■ • • • 

THE YOUNG PEOPLE,— 

Snow-Drilts, 54 

Sunday School Notes. By John R.Snyder 54 

A Regard lor Servants 54 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT,— 

Mission Work.— Its Divine Call Upon the Church —No. 3, . . . . ; . 55 
Mission Receipts lor November, 1897, 53 

HOME AND FAMILY,- ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
-,.. "A Thc-s.Ti'^: Mc:;. t r. By P!a;a E. Teague 5& 

**- EDITORIAL t MISCELLANY -e- 

The Waldenses, from the Alpine valleys, Italy, 
that have already settled in the South, appear to be 
well pleased with their new homes. The first col- 
ony that came to this country, settled in Burke 
County, North Carolina, in 1893. For the first year 
the new emigrants did not succeed very well with 
their crops, but, with more experience in handling 
the soil, came better returns for their labors, and, at 
this time, the indications for numerous colonies in 
the South seem quite encouraging. It is expected 
that 1,000 fresh emigrants will soon join the 350 
now located near Morgantown, Tenn, Ten thou- 
sand acres of land have been purchased, and opti 
have been secured on much more, for the use of 
the newcomers, with a period of twenty years in 
which to pay for most of it. Valdesse is the 
principal town of the Waldenses, in the Tennessee 
mountains, and is ten miles from Morgantown, 
Here these people propose to build homes for them- 
selves, with natural surroundings somewhat resem- 
bling the mountainous regions they left in Italy, 
In the early centuries the Waldenses resembled the 
Brethren, but they have so far departed from 
their original faith and practice, that probably not 
one of the ordinances is retained in its primitive 

form. 

'" Education, like any other good thing, is all right 
so long as it is properly used and not abused. 
This is also true of educational institutions, and all 
that pertains to them. But evil will now and then 
creep into the best of them. Some would get rid 
of these evils by putting an end to the institutions 
themselves. This would be just one step, and 
big one, too, at that, towards the heathendom from 
which we all came. Educational enterprises must 
be encouraged, in order to develop the race, and 
then we must wage a constant warfare against the 



evils that will come in spite of all efforts to the 
contrary. And while we know that unpleasant oc- 
currences will happen in schools, as well as in fami- 
lies, still we should think that a Divinity school 
would be comparatively free from the devices of 
Satan. But such seems not always the case. Sa- 
tan will now and then take his place among the 
prophets. At least this has proved to be the ex- 
perience in the Divinity school, at Alleghany, Pa., 
where poker-playing has been considerably in- 
dulged in by the students of the Western Presby- 
terian Theological Seminary. Thorough investiga- 
tions showed that not only were a number of the 
students burning midnight oil, but that a number 
of them had been gambling, and, to make a very 
bad matter still worse, it appears that some of the 
newly-installed pastors are mixed up in the affair. 
It is a sad comment on religion when preachers, as 
well as divinity students, get to gambling. We are 
led to ask, What will the harvest be? 



Late reports indicate that the condition of 
things in the gold regions of A'aska are better than 
was anticipated. The food supply is sufficient to 
meet the demands, and there is no likelihood of 
any one starving. It is now estimated that fully 
100,003 persons will enter the territory this season. 
A number in the West start during the present 
month, hoping to go through the passes in Febru- 
ary, over the firmly-packed snow. A few hundred 
reindeer have been secured in Lapland, to be em 
ployed in carrying supplies. It is believed that 
these reindeer can live on the moss in Alaska, and 
will therefore need no feeding. When navigation 
opens in the spring, a number of well-laden vessels 
will enter the Yukon River, and we can look for an 
unprecedented rush to the land of gold. We hear 
of several Brethren who are preparing to join the 
number. Of course it is their privilege to go in 
search of gold as well as it was Solomon's privilege 
to send ships to the land of Ophir, for the yellow 
metal. And while we will not advise them in the 
matter, it is to be hoped that they will let their 
light shine in the land of the midnight sun, for if 
there is any place where Christianity is needed, it is 
among gold-seekers, for, as a rule, they are so car- 
ried away with a desire to become suddenly rich, 
that they often forget both God and religion, 

To the south of us is a close neighbor about 
whom we should know more than we do. We 
refer to the Republic of Mexico, Here may yet 
be found marks of a very ancient civilization. In 
fact, when this part of the Western Continent was 
discovered, it was found to be inhabited by a race 
of considerable culture and wealth. Mexico has 
had her reverses, from some of which she is now 
slowly recovering, and may yet come well to the 
front in many of the things that make a nation 
strong and prosperous. Nature has done wonders 
for this favored region. It has given her a very ac- 
commodating climate, much fertile soil, and beauti- 
ful, as well as grand scenery. Mexico, however, if 
projected on a map of the United States, would 
reach from Texas to Maine, and would make six- 
teen States equal to New York. Two ranges of 
mountains, a continuation of the Andes, widen out 
in the center of the country, and create a table- 
land from 4000 to 8,000 feet high. Mexico City is 
7,469 feet above the sea, and is 1,200 feet higher 
than Mt. Washington. This elevation accounts for 
certain climatic conditions, the thermometer rang- 
ing in the daytime from ninety degrees in the sun 
to seventy degrees in the shade, and falling to for- 
ty degrees at night, The population is counted 



12,500,000. Most of the people arc poor, and the 
land is held by 6,oco proprietors, who manage to 
make the mass of the people carry the great burden 
of the taxes. Imports for 1896 amounted to £42,- 
2 53.938, and exports 8105,016,209. The national 
debt is $213,600,000. There are 7,coo miles of rail- 
road, and 40,000 miles of telegraph, A very large 
part of the population is either pure Indian or 
mixed blood; Aztecs, of the type who fought Cor- 
tez, may still be met with, and twenty-five distinct 
Indian languages are spoken. A greater advance- 
ment in civilization is being made, along with the 
use of native products in domestic manufacture, 
and, as time goes by, we may look for considerable 
more advancement. 



The situation in eastern Asia, as it relates to 
China, seems somewhat improved, and it is thought 
that we need not look for the dismembering of the 
Empire at this time. Germany has been satisfied 
with a fifty years' lease of Kiao-Chau, and a small 
tract of adjoining territory. This will give her an 
excellent port, and will probably answer all her 
purposes in this part of the East, Russia, it seems, 
failed to secure similar favors at Port Arthur, a 
point to which she hoped to extend her great Si- 
berian railroad, now in course of construction. 
The difficulty between England, Russia and Japan, 
concerning Korea, appears to have been adjusted, 
or at least partly so. China is much in need of a 
loan, and some of the powers arc only too anxious 
to assist her in securing the money, with a view, 
however, of strengthening their claims on the I' n, .- 
pire, England seems to have managed her part 
with great skill, and will probably aid China in ob- 
taining the loan. In fact, the hand of Great Brit- 
ain may be clearly seen in this whole affair, and it 
is not likely that she will permit any of the other 
powers to obtain favors in China in advance of 
those possessed by her. It is also fortunate that 
peace is assured at this point, for it gives the Em- 
pire an opportunity of demonstrating to the world 
whether or not it can rise above its present unfor- 
tunate condition. And should the Government 
from now on exercise wisdom, and call to her aid 
able counselors and instructors from the civilized 
nations, and give more encouragement to the mis- 
sionaries, in order that they may assist in develop- 
ing her people, as well as her resources, the Empire 
may yet enjoy a long lease of life. We also sug- 
gest that this is an excellent time to increase the 
missionary forces in that part of the East. Here 
is a wonderful work, demanding the best efforts of 
civilization, and no influence, short of that exer- 
cised by the missionaries, can bring about the de- 
sired results. 

It is rumored that the authorities at Havana are 
throwing obstacles in the way of the supplies sent 
from this country to the starving Cubans, They 
seem to be hampering General Lee in every way 
possible. President McKinley has just informed 
the public that the supplies sent to Cuba must and 
will be properly distributed, and that no hindran- 
ces shall be allowed to interfere with the good 
work. His words, in the minds of some, indicate 
that he is contemplating important steps in the in- 
terests of the suffering Cubans, The other day he 
called our Congressman Hitt, to the White House, 
where considerable time was spent discussing, it is 
presumed, the situation. The public is awaiting de- 
velopments. In the meantime, people are starving 
by the hundreds, and many days must pass before 
the greater number of the sufferers can be reached 
with the supplies that are being pushed forward, 



"tHE GOSPEL MESSJElcrGrlER,. 



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•BSSAYS' 



"MIZPAH." 

"Go thou thy way, and I go mine, 

Apart, but nrt afar; 
Only a thin veil hangs between 

The pathways wheic we are. 
And ' God keep watch 'twixt thee and me,' 

This is my prayer; 
He looks 1by way, He locketh mine, 

And keeps us Dear. 
"And though our paths be separate, 

And thy way is not mine, 
Yet, coming to the mercy-set, 

My soul will meet with thin?. 
And ' God keep watch 'twixt thee and me,' 

I'll whisper there; 
He blesseth thee, He blcsseth me, 

And wc are near." 

— Sclrclcd. 

VAINOLORY. 

BY F. D ANTHONY. 

The sin of va : nglory is one which often steals 
from us our best actions. At times when we are 
not on our guard it insinuates itself so very secretly 
that even our best efforts, which are so commend- 
able in the eyes of men, are but dross and debauch- 
ery in the sight of God, 

St. Gregory, in his work entitled, " Morals," says, 
"I confess that when 1 examine my own intention 
in writing this, methinks I have no other will than 
to please God; but I find that when I am not upon 
my guard, a vain desire of pleasing men prompts 
me; and that, what I do, is not so free from dust 
and chaff as it was in the beginning." 

Brethren, how many of us are free from this 
" vain desire of pleasing men?" It seems to me 
that a serious reflection on our conduct will enable 
us to discover similar temptations in our best 
actions. We engage in the performance of our 
Christian duties, at first, through motives of honesty, 
-charity and zeal; but unfortunately vanity creeps 
steadily into these motives, exciting in us a desire 
to please men. Indeed, the effect is twofold ( 1 ) to 
please men and (2) to be esteemed by them. If 
we fail to obtain this esteem, we are prone to lose 
courage and to be content with doing only such 
things at arc strictly essential to our profession. 

The sin of vainglory is so much the more to be 
dreaded because it attacks not only beginners in 
the service of God, but even those who have made 
great advancement in the way of holiness. 

Sometimes the temptation of vainglory is the 
last resource left to the tempter to cause those, 
who are strongest, to lose all of the merit of their 
good works. The last temptation that he made use 
of against the Savior was to persuade Him to en- 
gage in a vain service. Matt. 4: o. 

"As it often happens, that, after a most prosper- 
ous voyage, a vessel is wrecked in the very haven, 
so the most perfect ought to be exceedingly on 
their guard against vanity; because, after having 
sailed prosperously throughout the whole course 
of their life, stood courageously all the storms and 
tempests the devil raised against them, when they 
come in sight of the harbor, full of confidence in 
past victories, and believe themselves out of all 
dinger, they often suScr a miserable shipwreck, by 
their pride and vanity. Hence some call vainglory 
'a storm in the harbor.' " 

The character of the sin of vainglory is, that it 
robs God of the glory that belongs to Him alone. 
" Will a man rob God? " This is one of the ways 
in whif.h it can be done. He who seeks not God's 
glory, but his own in the good he does, is a robber. 
It is like the Satanic principle in the wilderness, — 
to deprive the Savior of his glory. 

In God's works there is utility and glory. He 
leaves the utility of His work to men, but reserves 
all the glory to himself. " The Lord hath made 
all things for himself;" that is, for His glory. He 
is not willing that any " flesh should glory in hit 
presence; that according as it is written, He that 



glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." 1 Cor. 1: 29, 
31. Hence, if we seek to attract to ourselves the 
esteem and praise of men, we pervert the order 
which God has established, and thereby do Him an 
injury. 

If we are living within the Christian sphere and 
are taking pains to do what is, in itself, right and 
commendable, why do it in an unprofitable way and 
thus lose all the fruit of our labors? 

Vainglory in all its forms is evidently wrong, and 
deadly in its results. See Matt. 7: 21, 22, 23. He 
who is truly humble, seeks not his own glory, but 
that of God alone. When we consider what we 
owe to God, and how imperfect our best actions 
are, we should blush at the good opinion we are apt 
to have of ourselves. Let us labor to glorify God 
in all wc do, so that, in the end, " we receive a full 
reward." 2 John 8. 

Eldaton, Pa. ________ 

•• HEADY." 



BY W. J, SWIGAHT, 

This is a term, used by the Apostle in 2 Tim. 3; 4 
as among the qualities that belong to those who 
oppose and work ruin to the Christian cause in the 
world. In the Revised Version it is "headstrong." 
The term is probably taken from the animals whose 
heads go in advance in their movement, and until 
the head turns, the rest of the body cannot turn. 
If their course is opposed, they sometimes refuse 
to be turned, put their head down, shut their eyes, 
and rush forward regardless of all consequences to 
themselves or to anything that may be in their way. 
Others, refusing to be submissive in labor, bear 
away on the yoke, or the trace, or the reins, and 
break into ungovernable and destructive gaits and 
courses. 

People partake, in varying measure, of some of 
the qualities characteristic of the brute. Hence, in 
applying the figure to men we hear the terms 
" heady," "stiff-necked," " headstrong," etc., and I 
suppose we must admit there is some fitness in the 
application of the terms to men. 

Of whom does the apostie speak in the long list 
of dreadful terms in this chapter? Of those " hold- 
ing a form of Godliness," Verse 5. That is, it 
may be among those who are members of the 
church. How often this person makes his appear- 
ance in the church! How many of our congrega- 
tions have one or more of these "heady 1 ' ones to 
contend with! And how much turmoil and con- 
fusion even one such person can-make in a church! 
There would be peaceful church meetings if they 
were not in, but they generally are in, and in for 
one purpose, apparently. 

There are people who seem to delight in conten- 
tion and jarring. They are vindictive, and natural- 
ly quarrelsome. They jar and jangle, they oppose 
and obstruct, they wrangle and stir up bad feelings; 
destroy the peaceful and loving spirit that ought to 
pervade a meeting of God's children; they stir up 
strife. They themselves generally sit back at the 
Communion, and so go on from year to year and 
call that religion, — the religion set forth by the 
meek and lowly lamb of God, and, 1 suppose, ex- 
pect to get to heaven on it. 

How much trouble has come from this clas3 of 
people, called "heady" 1 Indeed, when we come 
to think of it, the greater part of the unfortunate 
divisions which have rent our church in recent 
years did not come always or generally from a 
difference of views on essential points of faith, but 
mostly because of this contention and headiness on 
the part of some one, — not always, of course, of 
just one ; for headiness, like other qualities, is apt to 
beget its kind, and headiness breaks out generally; 
and schism and division follow. 

Few things have a more blighting and killing 
effect on the spirituality of a church than this strife 
among the membership. When the members think 
about these dissensions and difficulties, and when 
they talk about these instead of " provoking one 
another to love and good works," when they meet 
each other, it Is a sorry plight for the spiritual 



growth of that church. For a minister to go into a 
church to preach, and after the services listen to 
the details of a church trouble from one side, and 
the next night find himself regaled by the same 
thing from the other side, till towards midnight, 
makes him yawn and gstsp for breath, spiritually as 
well as physically. 

There is something in man that makes him dis- 
like to " give up " He does not like to yield his 
own opinions, especially if he has once expressed 
them. This often brings a " setness," that may be 
f a milder and less destroying form than the 
bove, but which tends to disturb in its degree. 

Firmness is a noble virtue, but it stands so near 
to the evil of obstinacy that the latter may be mis- 
taken for the former, especially by the person in 
whom it is resident. Many a one might, so far as 
feeling? are concerned, adopt She prayer of the 
old Scotch deacon when he prayed, " Oh Lord, 
grant that we may be right, for thou knowest we 
are hard to turn." Dr. Ho'land ssys, "It is re- 
markable, in a church quarrel, how all of them go 
to praying." But they prsy for the triumph, not 
of the right, but of their own side. How remote is 
spirit from the spirit of the Master when he 
said, "Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be 
e." This is the spirit referred to by the apostle 
James, when he says, "Ye fight arid war. . . . 
Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss that 
ye may consume it upon your lusts." 

It is sad to think of the evil consequences of 
these things, and how much harm they workl Eld- 
ers, rather than remain and meet the opposition 
and vindicttveness of some heady one, have pre- 
ferred to go to other fields. Other elders have op- 
posed their people and lorded over them in the 
determination to have their own way, until their 
possibilities for doing good were destroyed. 
Churches that were prosperous have become dis- 
turbed and rent, Hearts have been made to ache, 
Awakened and interested persons, who were lcok- 
into the church desiringly, have turned away, 
because of dissensions and strife within, and prob- 
ably lived and died withont. t 

The end and punishment ot the heady is so...e 
what foreshadowed in the dreadful list of sins with 
which this is classed. It is clearly and emphati- 
cally a malevolent passion that seeks the harm of 
others, while no good can accrue to its author, and 
must receive direful retribution in the end. 

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and 
clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, 
with all malice; and be ye kind one to another, 
tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God 
for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4: 

31, 32. 
Huntingdi n, Pa. 



ON THE WAY TO INDIA.— No. 8. 

BY S. N. MCCAJJN. 

From Port Said to Jerusalem on Nov. 24 and 25— Steamer 

Delayed— Voyage— Landing at Jaffa -Jalfa— Simon s 

House— Plain of Sharon -Olmzo— Ekron — 

Bethshemesh— Terraced Hills 

—Jerusalem. 

We were anchored a night and a day at Port 
Said, " because of the rough sea." I think they 
were waiting for cargo. 

A young bride of nine years, and bridegroom of 
twelve years sailed with us. They told us that 
this, their marriage day, was their first meeting. 
The parents did all the match making. The Iitt.e 
girl's relatives came on board and bade her farewell. 
The parting seemed a sad one. This bridal couple 
had deck passage. The mother-in-law sat by the 
side of the little girl and tried to keep her face 
veiled, but the little girl disliked the veil and fre- 
quently put it aside. The mother-in-law replaced 
it and called her a " contrary little donkey." 

An old missionary of Mount Carmel called my 
attention to the young married couple as they came 
on board. He had previously borrowed a franc of 
me. I enjoyed looking at the wedding party, and 
the old missionary said to me, "That is worth a 
franc, is it not? If I had not called your attention 



1898. 



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51 



to it you would have missed it." This is the way 
he settled his bill. It was but a very little thing, 
but when missionaries do thus, what can we expect 
of the natives? I liked the old man but did not 
think much of his standard of justice. 

Many were sick on this short voyage. Sister 
Gibble paid her tribute to Neptune again, but I 
never sleep sweeter than when I am being rocked 
by the restless waves. 

Our landing at Jaffa was comparatively smooth. 
From what we could fee we would be inclined to 
say that the place bears a worse name than it de- 
serves, but we have since learned by experience 
that we cannot take things by their first appear- 
ance. Even the Jaffa landing is apt to give false 
impressions, when she puts on her smooth face, for 
we are now doomed to lay in Jaffa at least four 
days, and if her angry waves continue to lash her 
rocky harbor, perhaps much longer, 

Jaffa did not seem so much elevated as we ex- 
pected to sec it. As we landed, we remembered 
that we were in one of the oldest towns in the 
world. We looked back a few centuries and we 
see great floats of cedar and fir-trees anchored 
among the rocks of Jaffa. We see Phoenician sail- 
ors landing float after float upon the shore, where 
the trees are received by stalwart Jews and moved 
slowly southeast over the plain of Sharon up the 
foot-hills, and on over the hills to Jerusalem. I 
ask, "Why are you carrying all this timber and 
stone upon this mountain top?" And some one 
answers, "In order to build a house for the Lord." 
1 Kings 5: 5, 9; 2 Chron. 2: 16. Thus the busy 
workmen labor on until a great temple is built to 
the Lord on Mt. Moriah, 

As we look out upon the sea, the years fly past 
and we see a man, a Jew, hurrying to the shore. 
He is looking anxiously at a vessel that is an- 
chored, and while he looks a number of boatmen 
begin to pull at him and say, "Me good boatman." 
Finally he agrees with one to embark him for one- 
sixth of a shekel. When he is aboard he pays the 
boatman and must give him a few mites more, be- 
cause the sea is getting rough. This man is wor- 
ried and he goes down into the sides of the ship 
and is soon fast asleep. The vessel moves out and 
the vaves begin to roll high, and soon there is a 
tempest. The poor man is cast into the sea, but 
God takes care of him, though he has been diso- 
bedient. May the life of Jonah and his sad at- 
tempt to run away from God make us ever willing 
to not only say, "Thy will be done," but to be 
willing to do God's will. 

We walked over to the place where it is said 
Simon the Tanner's house stood. We saw the old 
well with its deeply-notched rock curbing. A blind 
man was drawing water and pouring it into a large 
stone trough, resembling a sarcophagus, and as his 
rope dropped into the notches of the rock, we saw 
how they were made, and were made to feel that 
perhaps we were looking into the very well used by 
Simon the Tanner, upon whose house-top Peter 
went, to commune with God. We went up to the 
house top and remembered Peter's vision, and the 
messenger from Cass area. We remembered how 
hard it was for even Peter to give up his early 
training and allow the Lord to direct his life 
Would not the Lord still come into our lives and 
direct them to his glory, if we would commune with 
him more? Would he net still lead us out of self 
into the clearer light of his own presence? 

We were soon aboard the train, wending our way 
out through beautiful orange and lemon groves, 
laden with golden fruit. The fertile plain of Sha- 
ron was being plowed and one could easily imagine 
himself in some of the beautiful farm land of Vir- 
ginia or Pennsylvania, but as soon as we saw a 
mud-built village, our vision of the dear home land 
fled. 

We passed Lydda, but could not see it for the 
olive groves. Ramleh was seen on our right. It is 
the traditional Arimathea from which Joseph came. 
Matt, 27: 57. 

To our left in the hills we saw the ancient site of 
Gimzo. The Philistines rushed up out of the plain 



and took this city, with a number of others, from 
the Israelites, and dwelt in them. 

We saw ancient Ekron, the city to which the five 
lords of the Philistines returned after they sent 
away the ark. As we looked out upon this old city, 
we could, in mind, see the men of Gath coming, 
bearing the ark of Israel but the Ekronites refuse 
to let them come near. They assemble the lords of 
Philistines and they decide to send the ark 
back to Israel, providing two heifers would leave 
their young calves and take the ark home. 

We see them hitch the heifers to the cart with its 
precious burden and they at once start across the 
plain and up the foot-hills to the field of Joshua, a 
Bethshemite, and stop there. As we look out upon 
ancient Bethshemesh, we see them rushing out to 
see the ark and, as they take this forbidden sight, 
God smites many of them with death, so much so 
that they send the ark away to Kirjath-jearim. 
1 Sam. 5: 1 to 6: 21. 

We were impressed with the view of the terraced 
hills to our right and to our left, as we went on 
towards Jerusalem. The hills seem like great 
heaps of stone, yet they show clear traces of culti- 
vation in some former day, 

It was dark when our train stopped, for we had 
arrived at that " unholy " holy city, Jerusalem, 
We got into a carriage and were driven to the 
American Colony, where we took up our abode for 
a few days. 

Though in Jerusalem we have not seen the city, 
We feel that we are now upon sacred ground and 
hope that our short stay may prove a blessing to 
us in our work for God in the future. 

Jaffa, Dec. p, i8j?. 

ARE THESE "FREE HOMES" DESIRABLE? 

BY GEO. L. MoDONAUGH. 

We have been reading about a land of " free 
homes" and of homeseekers' excursions, and who 
can possess themselves of these " free homes." 

Now it is but natural that questions should arise 
about these heavenly " free homes," such as are 
asked daily about earthly " free homes " : — 

Is it a desirable place to live? 

Are the neighbors good? 

Is it a healthy place? 

Is the water good? 

Is it hard to get? 

Are there any churches there? 

Is there any fruit there? 

What is the general appearance of the country? 

How about the buildings, — are they nice? 

How long has this country been open for settle 
ment? 

Why has it not been occupied long ago? 

Are we sure that parties who start now can se 
cure as desirable locations as those who went some 
time ago? 

Now these and many other questions are liable 
to come up from time to time, but in this case we 
cannot refer the enquiring ones to parties who have 
been there and returned, or who are living there 
now, but we will have to rely entirely on what the 
Guide Book tells us, and we take it for granted 
that, ere this, every one who is interested in thi: 
matter of "free homes" has provided himself with 
one of these Guide Books, for, without studying it 
prayerfully and asking God to assist us to under- 
stand it, and to comply with the rules, as laid down 
in that Guide Book, we can never possess one of 
these free homes. Now, with this before you, if 
you have not yet secured one of these Guide Books 
and still desire to know all about these " free 
homes," you had better at once send your name 
and post-office address, accompanied with S2.75, to 
the publishers of " The Gospel Messenger," 1 
the request that they send you at once the Gi 
Book, which gives all the rules and regulations, as 
to how to secure a " free home " in heaven, and 
also ask them to mail you every week, for the en- 
suing year, their weekly paper, which gives an 
count of many people in different parts of the 
world who are studying this Guide Book, as to all 



the questions that are mentioned above and many 
more that arise every day and every hour. 

Those who have already secured "their title 
clear" to one of these heavenly " free homes " were 
only enabled to do so by studying this Guide Book 
or Book of Rules; and, through the goodness of 
God, they were enabled, in their weak way, with 
His divine assistance, to comply with the rules as 
laid down in the Guide Book. If each and every 
one of us will but apply himself to the study of 
this Guide Book with the same diligence that we 
daily and hourly apply ourselves, to secure a liveli- 
hood here below, there is not the least doubt that, 
with God's help, we can secure " a home not made 
with hands, eternal in the heavens." But it is but 
too true that procrastination deprives many per- 
sons from securing one of these "free homes" in 
heaven, and has done so since the world began. 
But the various excuses and objections that are 
advanced by those who are approached on (he 
subject of their securing a " free home " in heaven, 
we will leave for some future article, for, as an 
emigration agent, the writer has learned that un- 
less those whom he approaches are interested in 
the subject of securing a " free home," it is time 
thrown away to talk on the subject. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 



OBEDIEENCE. 



BY CHAS. M. YEAROUT. 



"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by ihe 
things which he suffered; and Nan-, made perfect, he became 
the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." 
-Heh. 5:8,9. 

The human family, by disobedience, plunged 
themselves into a state of death, separated them- 
selves from God, and were utterly powerless to re- 
instate themselves into Eivor and fellowship with 
God. By the fall man became corrupted, a law 
breaker, and rested under the condemnation of a 
broken law. "Whosoever committeth sin trans-, 
gresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of 
the law." "The soul that sinneth, it shall -die." 
The entire posterity of Adam, therefore, rested 
under the penalty of death, One was unable to 
help another: for all were resting under sin, Man 
could not offer an acceptable sacrifice to God, 
because of his polluted or sinful state, " God is of 
purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on 
iniquity," and it was not possible for all the beasts 
that were slaughtered and offered upon Jewish 
altars, to take away sin. They simply typified or 
pointed forward to the innocent Lamb of God. 

THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST, THE ONLY SOURCE OK 
SALVATION, 

Man's salvation was sealed up. "And no man 
in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was 
able to open the book, neither to look thereon." 
Jesus, "the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of 
David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to 
loose the seven seals thereof." The Highest Star 
of all the constellations of heaven, the Chiefest 
among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely, was 
selected as the only one able to redeem man from 
death, Christ was pure and spotless and could 
make an acceptable offering to God, hence the 
innocent suffered for the guilty, the pure for the 
defiled, the just for the unjust, that he might bring 
us to God. "Because we thus judge, that if one 
died for all, then were all dead: and that he died 
for all, that they that live should not henceforth 
live unto themselves, but unto him which died for 
them, and rose again." " By the grace of God 
he tasted death for every man. For it became him, 
for whom are all things, and by whom are all 
things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make 
the captain of their salvation perfect through suf- 
ferings." Heb. 2: 9, 10, 

CHRIST OUR SUBSTITUTE. 

"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our 
sorrows: he was wounded for our transgressions, 
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement 
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are healed." " He made himself of no reputation, 
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was 
made in the likeness of men; and being found in 
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the death of (he cross." 
Phil 2: ;, 8. 

While Christ prayed alone in the historic garden 
of Gsthsemane, the sin of a wicked world rested 
upon his sacred person, the agony and suffering 
of that lone hour no moital will ever know, His 
suffering was so intense that his sweat became, as 
it were, great drops of b!oud falling down to the 
ground, and he prayed, saying, ' Father, if thou 
be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, 
not my will but thine be done." It was not pos- 
sible to let the cup pass, and save man, and in har- 
mony with God's will, he drank it to its very bitter 
dregs. 

SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF CHRIST S OBEDIENCE. 

Christ walked the lanes and streets of Judea 
that we might walk the golden streets of the New 
Jerusalem. He wore the crown of piercing thorns 
that we might wear the golden crown of life in the 
kingdom of eternal glory. He died, that we might 
liv<*. He triumphed over death, hell and the grave, 
that we might aiise in his likeness, and dwell with 
him in a state of eternal blessedness. Through his 
obedience he became the way, the truth, and the 
life, and we enter into life and rest only through 
and by him. 

Christ met the demands of the violated law, and 
pa d the debt which the human family could not 
pay, because of thefr celled state and condition, 
Jmtice was satisfied with the offering Christ made 
in men'i stead. While passing through the throes 
of death, his loving heart cried to the Father to 
have mercy upon his enen ies "Father, forgive 
them; for they know not what they do." Though 
he were the Son of God, and surrounded with every 
attribute of perfection, yet learned he obedience, 
and through his obed'ence he became the author of 
eternal salvation to all them that obey him. 

CUR OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST NECESSARY IN ORDER TO 
OUR SALVATION. 

If God would not yield to the entreaties of His 
Son, and let the bitter cup of suffernig pass from 
him; much less will he compromise with man, and 
save him, shoit of implicit obedience to the re- 
quirements of the Gospel. 

Christ came into this world as a mediator between 
God and mankind (1 Tim. 2:5), and stipulated 
terms of peace or reconciliation. God, upon his 
part, has accepted of the work and terms of Christ, 
as laid down in the Gospel, and if we desire life and 
salvation, we must come to those terms. 2 Cor. 
5:13, 19. 

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, 
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that 
doeth the will of my father which is in heaven." 
Matt. 7:21; Rom. 2: 13. We manifest our love to 
Christ by obedience to his words. u If a man leve 
me, he will keef my words. He that kvtth me not 
keeptth >nt my sayings." John 14:23, 24. If man 
could have saved himself, then it would have been 
useless for Christ to suffer and die; butas man could 
not save himself, and was utterly powerless to rein- 
state himself into favor with God, he must, of ne- 
cessity, accept of Christ and his terms as the only 
means of salvation. God was never more in ear- 
nest than when he sent his Son into this world to 
redeem man from the power of death, and present 
him with a means of life and eternal rest. To look 
upon any part of God's plan as being non-essential 
or unnecessary, is to discredit thewisdom and knowl- 
edge of God, and place human wisdom above that 
of God. 

" O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom 
and knowledge of Godl how unsearchable are his 
judgments, and his ways past finding out! For 
who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath 
been his counsellor? Or who bath first given to him, 
and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For 
of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: 
to whom be glory for ever. Amen." Rom, 1 1 : 33-36, 



" In whom also we have obtained an inheritance be 
ing predestinated according to the purpose of him 
who worketh all things after the counsel of his own 
will." Eph. 1: 11, 

The disobedient can never reach heaven. " When 
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with 
his mighty angels, in flaming fire he will take ven- 
geance on them that know not God, and that obey 
not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall 
be punished with everlasting destruction from the 
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his 
power." 2 Thess. 1: 7-9 

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THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT CAST OUT.— Mark 5: '-'7. 

A SERMON BY JOHN E, MOHLER. 

The narrative here recorded I consider one of the 
most significant in our record of Christ's ministry. 
Not only do the incidents of the narrative stand out 
distinct and different from anything else in history, 
but they illustrate, in a most striking manner, the 
human heart in conflict with sin. They illustrate 
the experience of man battling against sin from the 
time the Holy Spirit begins to call the sinner to 
God, until he is cleansed and purified by the power 
of God. Then they portray the spectacle of a sin- 
ful world looking on and frowning at the noble 
work of God. 

The word picture, held up to our minds, is a clear 
one, In the first part of the scene we view a ship 
on the Sea of Galilee. It has just come from the 
West, and as it draws to the eastern side of the sea, 
by the coast of Gadara, the Savior, with the twelve 
apostles, steps out of the ship upon the land. But 
scarcely have they entered the country of the Gad- 
areoes when there meets them a man whose dwell- 
ing is in the tombs, in the mountains of that place. 
These tombs were excavations made in solid rock, 
where the people buried their dead. They were 
large, dark rooms, and round about the edge of the 
rooms were smaller openings, where were placed the 
caskets containing the bodies of the dead. 

When we think of the dismal surroundings we ex- 
claim, 'What a horrible dwelling place for a hu- 
man being!" But a second glance at the man 
shows him to be a maniac. His beastly, haggard 
appearance, and the wild gleam of his restless eyes 
are unmistakable signs of insanity, and the Scrip- 
tures describe him as being possessed of an unclean 
spirit. 

When, at this time, the apostles followed close to 
their Savior, I wonder if they did not look to him as 
a strong protector! He had so recently proven 
himself a ruler of the elements when, with a word, 
he stilled the raging tempest cf Galilee (Mark 4: 39); 
and now they were confronted by a lunatic who was 
so powerful that when he had been bound with heavy 
chains and his limbs locked in fetters, he burst the 
chains asunder and broke the fetters into pieces. 
All the ingenuity and power of the authorities had 
been taxed to control this terrible man, but in vain; 
and he was so reckless in his deeds that he even 
took sharp stones and cut and gashed his own body, 
But seel when the meek, unassuming Christ enter- 
ed the region where the insane man abode, the un- 
clean spirit in the man cried with a loud voice and 
said, " What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son 
of the most high God? I adjure thee by God that 
thou torment me not 1 " Why this beseeching, 
pleading cry? Why should this raving madman, 
who had successfully resisted all man's attempts to 
control him, now beg the calm, unresisting Jesus to 
let him alone? It was because he recognized the 
power of Christl He knew that here was a powe: 
stronger than he, and Christ had said, " Come out of 
the man, thou unclean spirit," 

While the maniac could break the forged fetters 
and burst the chains that bound him, he could not 
resist the command of the Son of God, Then the 
unclean spirit besought Christ that he would not 
utterly cast him out of the land, He begged the 



Master the privilege of entering the filthy swine and 
when this privilege was granted he drove the swine 
to their destruction. 

When the unclean spirit was cast out of the man, 
we see the man " sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed ' 
and in his right mind." What a marvelous change! 
What a miracle! No wonder that they who saw it 
were stricken with fear. Then something strange 
occurred! When the people heard of the Savicr's 
work, they flocked to see, and as they beheld the 
man who was a maniac, now clothed and in his right 
mind, do you think they rejoiced? Should not 
their hearts have been made glad that there was 
such power upon earth? Oh, shame upon humanity ! 
When the people saw that the drove of swine had 
perished through the same power that had cleansed 
the insane man, they had all of Christ they could 
bear. The flesh of the filthy swine was put in the 
balances against the salvation of a human being, and 
between the two the swine were chosenl Don't you 
agree with me that this was a strange thing? 

But there are things equally as strange that take 
place to-day. Th!s word-picture is an illustration 
of human experience in all time. When Christ 
came into the strange land and there met him a man 
who had his dwelling among the tombs, then was il- 
lustrated a condition that all of us, except innocent 
children have experienced. When Christ enters the 
human heart to-day, to call into his service the spirit 
that God had placed in man, then there appears a 
man who has his dwelling-place in a horrible tomb. 

Once one cf Christ's converts asked him to allow 
him to bury certain ones who had died, before he 
would follow the Master. Christ replied, "Let the 
dead bury their dead." By this he meant to teach 
that those who are not seeking eternal life first of 
all, are dead, even in this life. When our life is 
given to the service of Satan, — when our greatest 
hopes and fondest desires are centered in the joys 
and pleasures and occupations of this fleeting life, 
then we are dead to a future, eternal life. Then 
this moital body is only a tomb to confine our spirit. 

Unconverted friends, is our dwelling place in a 
tomb of the dead? Did you ever think where we 
are dwelling in an unconverted state? Did you 
ever walk through a graveyard during the hours of 
night, when all was silent save the sighing of the 
wind through the trees, and as you beheld the stones, 
that mark the resting-places of the dead, tower like 
so many spectres above the green sward, did you 
think that would be a beautiful place in which to 
live? But it is far more beautiful than the tomb our 
unconverted spirits dwell in every day and night. 
Just think of itl And notwithstanding this, when 
Christ seeks to enter our heart and purify and beau- 
tify our abode and enliven our dead spirits, we cry 
out like the insane man, "What have I to do with 
thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? I adjure thee, by God, 
that thou torment me not." 

Like the raving maniac in the country of the Gad- 
arenes our spirit cannot be tamed by all the powers 
of earth. It may be chained and fettered, but the 
bands are burst asunder and the spirit is as free as 
the wind. Like the mad man who cut and gashed 
himself with the stones in the mountains, so we are 
cruel to ourselves in seeking our own destruction. 

When the hero of that famous book, " Uncle Tom's 
Cabin," was sold as a slave to a kind master, he ob- 
served that his master was most kind to all of his 
servants, but one night his master was brought home 
in a state of intoxication. Then the spirit of the 
Christian slave was troubled, and as he lingered 
about his Master, the next morning, with sorrowful 
countenance, his master asked him what was wrong. 

"I feel very bad, master," he said. "I alwajs 
thought master would be good to everybody," 

" Well, am I not? Am I not good to you, Tom ? " 
replied his master. 

" Yes," answered Tom, " master is good to me and 
to every one but himself. Master is very bad to 
himself; " and the truth spoken by that negro slave 
to his master is true, as applied to every one who is 
living in sin to-day. He is " very bad to himself! " 

Are we good to every one else and evil to our- 
selves only? Are we striking and cutting ourselves 
with the weapons of sin? If so, then the Savior 



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53 



speaks to us, saying " Come out of the man, thou un 
clean spirit!" Have you heard that call of Jesus? 
Have you answered that call? Have you vainly 
striven to stifle the voice of Gcd? Have you, like 
the insane man, besought the Spirit of God to de- 
part from you? Ob, when the Holy Spirit strives to 
convict man of sin, then the evil spirit trembles at 
the "still small voice!'' He knows that God is 
many times stronger than he is. He knows that 
with our help God will cast him out of us, but not 
without our help. We are not strong enough to 
cast him out by ourselves and God will net csst him 
out without our help. Then, should we not seize the 
golden opportunity to work with God to cast out the 
unclean spirit? Like the insane man, let us pros 
trate ourselves before God and yield to the call of 
his Spirit to us! 

Let us work with God, to cast out the unclean 
spirit, and this is the way to work with him: As the 
unclean spirit rent the insane man before it came out 
of him, so all of our affections must be rent from the 
evil spirit. Our willful, proud spirit must be brought 
in humble submission to God's entire will before the 
evil spirit can be cast out, 

I wonder if we always realize this! I wonder if 
we sometimes do not reserve a small Fpace in our 
hearts and keep a measure of the unclean spirit in 
it. Have our purposes and affections and desires 
been entirely rent from obedience to that spirit? 
When God tells us to do some simple thing, do we 
refuse because we do not think it necessary, or be- 
cause we wish to do something else insteac? Or do 
we listen to a spirit that tells us God does not mean 
just what he says? If so, then the evil spirit is not 
entirely cast out of us. To resist the spirit of God, 
or th: will of God, in the smallest matter, is spirit- 
ual insanity; but when we work with God to enable 
him to thoroughly cleanse and purify us, then the 
question with us will not be, " How much does God 
f.qnre me to do?" bu f , " How much ecu I do to 
please him? " When this is our sincere mind, then, 
by the power of Gcd, the unclean rpirit will be en- 
tirety cast out of us and allowed to enter only those 
Svi.o are atready possessed by evil desires, and whose 
greatest joy is, like the filthy swine, to be filled with 
the things of this earth, and who must finally be 
driven to perish in the lake of fire prepared for the 
devil and his angel?. 

When the unclean spirit is driven out of us, and, 
instead of fcekingour own harm, we embrace all 
that is for cur good; when, instead of cutt ; rg and 
gashing ourselves with the weapons of sin we rest 
quietly in spiritual health; when, instead of living 
in a horrible tomb of the dead we have our bodies 
made the beautiful temple of the Holy Spirit; when, 
instead of teaching, by example, cur children and 
our ne'ghbois' children to live in rebellion to God, 
we teach them to appreciate his love and care over 
us, then sho-uld there not be rejoicing upon the part 
of those who behold us sitting at the feet of Jesu 
clothed, and in cur right mind ? Oh, there is rejoic- 
ing, for Christ tells us that there is joy in heaven 
over one sinner that repentelh, and we know there 
is joy in the church upon earth. 

And should there not be joy also among the world 
over a soul that is snatched from the chains and fet 
ters of spiritual insanity and restored at the feet of 
Jesus in his own right mind? AlasI Alas! The 
same spirit is in the world today (hat was in the 
people in our Savior's day, who valued the flesh of 
swine more than the salvation of a human being! 
We see the same spectacle to-day of a selfish world 
frowning at the noble work of God, when it means a 
loss to the world. When a soul has been rescued 
from Satan and the unclean spirit is driven out, and 
the saved soul beholds all things in his right mind, 
then he has no pleasure in the follies of this world. 

When the Savior gathers one of his jewels from 
the service of the world to his own consecrated ser- 
vice, then the world has enough of Christ. The 
great wide world has much use for partial Christians, 
but when the Gospel light shines so brightly as to 
reprove it of sin, then the world would like to see 
Christ depart from its coasts. If the desires of this 
world were gratified, every human effort would con- 



tribute to cur destruction, and none to our future 
happiness or the freedom of our spirit. 

Then let us not shrink nor faint because of the 

frowns of the world. Let vs not, therefore, strive 

to be like the world or*court its special favors; but 

us desire to sit at the feet of Jesus, clothed in his 

_;hteousness. In our own right mind, illumined by 
the Holy Spirit, let us heed the admonition, "Take 
my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek 
and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your 
souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 
Matt, n: 19. 30. 
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LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 
How to Pray. -Matt 6:5-15. 

Lesson Jor January 30, iSgS. 

As our Usscn for this week is: "How to Pray," we 
will see what prayer is. We have all heard prayers 
said, but as there are many kinds of prayer, we may 
not all fully understand what is meant by prayer. 
The most simple definition we can give is the asking 
for the things we want. Our earnestness in asking 
or praying depends on how much we feel our need. 
And this generally speaking, also has much to do 
with our manner of praying. 

We sometimes tell children to pray to God in the 
same manner that they pray to their parents. But 
what wo'jld you think of hiving children asking of 
God in the same way that they ask of their parents? 
Do you think it would be right to do so? If not, 
why not? Suppose you think a little along this line 
We cannot see why it would be wrong to pray to 
our Heavenly Father in this way. If there should 
be any v/rong about it, the trouble is with the way 
that you pray to your parents. If all children could 
learn to ask of their parents as they are taught to 
ask of God, it would be greatly to the credit of the 
children and to the pleasure of the patents. 

You may ask, "Why is it that, when we ask of 
our parents, we do it with our eyes open, and wh 
we ask of God we are taught to close our eyes 
This is a very proper question, and possibly it may 
only be a habit or custom. If so, however, it seems 
to be a good one, founded on several good reaso 
The first one is, we can see our parents, and by thus 
seeing we can make our request more expressive, 
but God we cannot see, if we were tc keep our eyes 
open, Wc are visible to God, but he is not visible 
to us. We must pray to him in faith, believing that 
he sees and hears us, though we cannot see him. 
do this we must not only believe but have our 
minds so fixed upon God that we can speak to him 
just as if we could see him. We can do this best by 
closing our eyes and thus getting everything else 
away from us. In this way we can think of God 
better and get n arer to him. But this reason will 
be better seen farther on. 

We will now look at the " how," given in the les- 
son. The first is when we pray we are not to be as 
Ihe hypocrites are. A hypocrite is one who pretends 
to be what he is not. Because it is a right thing to 
pray, and because other people pray, he prays too, 
— not because he has or feels a need, but for show 
He goes through the form that he may be seen of 
men, and therefore he gets his reward, if he gets 
any, from those for whom he prays. But God does 
not hear cr give, because he does not ask of God, 
expecting to receive. So it is with us. If we pray 
simply because we want it known that we pray, or 
to be seen of men, this is all the reward we get, be- 
cause God dees not hear or answer such prayer*. 

Next we are told how to do when we want to 
pray. " Enter into thy closet and when thou hast 
shut the door," then pray or ask of God,— just as 
you would of your father, mother or friend. When 
you want to make a special request of them, you do 
it in this way- You want to get with them all alone, 
so that you may tell them just what you want. 
What Christ means by the "closet," is a secret 
place, where no one can hear but God. One reason 



for our dissppointments in prayer is, because we do 
not do it aright. We tell God a great many things 
that we do not want nor expect, and when we make 
public prayers, we do too much to be hca^d witl.- 
ut expecting to receive. 

To meet these mistakes, he tells us that we ?re 
not to do as the heathen do. They make vain repe- 
n -, as if the answer to be received depended on 
the much speaking, or the many words used. This 

all wrong. The Lord understands us much bitter 
than even our parents. He does not need our many 
words in order that he may understand. Neither 
does he care for our choice sentences that he may 
give. What he wants is the earnest desire of our 
hearts,— to tell him, in a simple way, what we need 
and want. Then we have the promise that we shall 
receive. 

It is a pleasure for the Lord to give us what we 
need, but he wants us first to feel that need in a way 
that we can appreciate the relief when it comes. 
When done in this way, there is an appreciation in 
the receiving and a pleasure in giving. But how 
good is God in teaching us how to p r ay so fullj I 

A'ter giving all these instructions, telling us what 
not to do, and then how to do, he follows by giving 
us a general form, so complete and full that in it 
are found provisions for all of our wants, from the 
greatest to the least. Let us look at it! 

It opens with an address to him to whom wc prry, 
"Our Father who art in heaven." This is the first 
thought in every prayer. Then we are to a c k for 
that, after wh : ch every Christian heart desires,, that 
the kingdom of Christ may come both into our 
hearts and in person, so that his will may be done 
on earth as it is done in heaven. Did you tv^r 
think how much this means, and what the answer 
of it would do for this world of ours? It would 
take all the bolts from our doors and fasteners from 
our windows. There would be no thieves, robbers 
and murderers. It would take from aP out cities, 
towns, villages and homes, all liars, swearers, profane 
and indecent persons. Not one would be left to 
disturb the peace of the loving subjects of the K ng, 
— the Lord Jesus Christ. All standing armies .vou'd 
be called home. Our great arsenals and iavy yards 
would be turned into praise houses, the manufactur- 
ing of implements of war would cease, and the war- 
ships, that row plow the seas, would bj used to car- 
ry Christians from country to country to give and 
receive the glad greetings of peace and good-will 
to men. Would not this be glorious? Pray on, 
pray more earnestly. " Thy kingdom come, thy will 
be done on earth as it is done in heaven." 

Next our daily needs are remembered, — " G've us 
our daily bread." This all comes from the Lord. 
Why not ask fcr it ? It is to be had for the asking. 
" Ask and ye shall receive." 

We are to forgive as God, for Christ's sake, for- 
gives us. " Forgive us our debts as we forgive our 
debtors." So we pray, Do we mean it? If so, un- 
less we forgive, we cannot be forgiven, because this 
is what we ask God to do. 

Do temptations. come? " Lead us not into temp- 
tation, but deliver us from evil." We pray God to 
lead us not in paths where temptations are, fcr we 
are very weak, and without God's help cannot meet 
and overcome them. May the Lord lead us into 
the paths of righteousness for h's name's sake! In 
all our praying let us ever remember this one thing; 
we should ask only for the things we think and feel 
that we need. H. d. b. 



OUR PRAYER MEETING. 



OUR AFFECTIONS— WHERE ARE 1 HEY?— Col. 3: 2. 

For Thursday Evening, Jan. sy, iSoS. 

I. Why Worldly Things Cannot Satisfy tub Soul. 

1. Their tendency is downward. 1 John 2: 15-17. 

2. They do not feed the inner man. Eccl. 1: 1418. 

3 They are " weights," rather than " wings." Hcb. 12: 1, 
II. Heavenly Things to bs Des'red. 

r. Because they ennoble our natures. Ps. iq: 8—1 1. 

2. Becatse they lead to fullness of joy. Ps. 16: II. 

3. Because they lead to final victory over death and the 
grave, 1 Cor. 15: 55-57- 



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THINE OWN PART. 



Why fret thee, soul, 
For things beyond tby small control? 
Uo thou but tby part, and thou shalt see 
Heaven will have charge of these and thee 
Sow thou the seed and wait in peace 





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Canst thou divin 


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The 


uiracle of shower and shine? 


The 


narvcl of recurrent 


spring 


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roses bring? 


The ebb and flow of tide 


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Time through thy 


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— The Outlook 



SNOW-DRIFTS. 

Snow- drifts in the latitude in which we live, are 
no uncommon things because they are the things 
we expect, and sometimes dread, during our long 
and stormy winters. We give little importance to 
them because of their commonness, but were we to 
see them only once in a lifetime, they would be 
classed among the wonderful sights, and heralded 
all over the world, 

The other day, while driving, in a sleigh, over 
our adjoining hills, our attention was called to 
snow-drifts, alongside of the road, and at first we 
were interested in the pranks that the storm had 
been playing with the beautiful crystal snowdrops. 
We thought, " How unpleasant it would have been 
to have been there when the play was going on." 
Experience has taught us that to be in a drifting 
snow is not at all a pleasant pastime. 

Then we began to notice the different forms and 
shapes. Here was architecture wrought in most 
exquisite skill, — Roman, Grecian, and Corinthian 
styles, and whiter and more beautiful than the fin- 
est marble. Why all these shapes, curves, circles, 
globes and variations? Did the thought ever come 
to you, why nature does such beautiful and attract- 
ive things? These are the handwritings of God, 
the Great Architect. He does it that we may see, 
enjoy, and praise the Author. The work of the 
greatest painters, sculptors, and architects of the 
ages, have been only base imitations of that which 
we find everywhere in nature. All the blessings 
that the Good Father bestows upon us, in the world 
in which we live, come in forms most beautiful and 
lovely. He even directs, most skillfully, the howl- 
ing storms, as they pick up and whirl along the 
frozen particles of rain-drops, and put them down 
in quiet nooks into snow-drifts of beautiful forms. 

But as we look at these great snow-drifts, heaped 
up in the ravines and alongside of our roads and 
fences, and then look across to the hill-tops and 
side- fields, and see them bared to nakedness, we 
cay, "Why all th 



came to us in this way: The snow, like humanity, 
does not like hard and stormy places, though need- 
ed most right there. Like the snow, we are in- 
clined to drift away from hard and stormy places, 
and nestle down, like drifts, m shady nooks and 
soft places, to be oH duty and enjoy ease. We felt 
like saying to these snow-drift3, though beautiful 
and at ease, " Why here, heaped up and encumber- 
ing the way, when so much needed out yonder on 
the hill-tops and field-sides, to blanket and protect 
the tenderly-growinggrain? Too much snow in the 
roadways, too little over the broad fields." 

Is not this true of our people,— all people,— to- 
day? Are not the storms of toil and labor drifting 
our young men and women away from the country 
fields and homes to the already over-crowded cities? 
Why all this? They are unwilling to face the 
storms of honest toil, and are drifting towards 
shady nooks and soft spots, where, like great snow- 
drifts, they heap up into beautiful shapes and forms, 
only to be in the way of true manhood and woman- 
hood, and to be shoveled out of the way as rubbish. 
Why all this cramming, crowding, and heaping to- 
gether when there is so much need to occupy the 
more important and prolific fields for toil and labor? 
Snow-drifts may look very pretty in the low places 
and roadways, but they were scores of times more 
useful, spread out over the hills and plains, as they 
were dropped from the clouds. 

The thousands and millions that crowd our towns 
and cities may seem very attractive, and, for a time, 
may eke out an existence from the fat of others, but 
how much better it would be for themselves, their 
children and the world, if they were spread out into 
more prolific fields, and be ptoiueers instead of con- 
ntvters only. 

But it is no v . only our young people that are drift- 
ing towards supposed havens of ease and do-noth- 
ing. There are others and older children that are 
drifting in the same direction. Are not many of 
our church people drifting,— not where most need- 
ed, where they could do most for Christ, and the 
upbuilding of his cause, — but where? Where do 
you say? Ask your own self, and then answer, if 
you will. 

Perhaps it would not be kind to include among 
these some of our ministers. How is it? When 
we commence drifting, where are we most likely to 
settle and pile up? Out in the Macedonian fields, 
from where are heard the loud calls, come over and 
help us? Or is it in fields where there is already a 
sufficiency of laborers, where one preaches, and five, 
six or seven bear testimony, in short,— a place 
where they are not needed? How does it look 
when we read in our church news columns of 
churches being organized with fifteen to fifty mem- 
bers, — three elders, five ministets, and seven dea- 
cons? Snow driftl H. B. B. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES. 



BY JOHN R. SNYDER. 

— If the engineer allows the fire to go out in his 
engine, he has lost his power, and must again re- 
kindle the fire and generate steam, before he is able 
to do any work with his engine. This causes a de- 
lay in the work which could have been avoided, 
had he kept up the fire. So it is with the Sunday 
school that lets its fire go out (e. g, closes for the 
winter). It takes several Sundays in the spring 
" get things in working order." By all means keep 
up the Sunday school the year round, where possi- 
ble. 



ages at Smyrna and Bulsar. This school had pre- 
isly been in the habit of using the collections 
for the purchase of supplies for the school. Some 
objections were raised to the proposed plan, fearing 
there would not be enough taken at the remaining 
sessions to pay for the supplies. But notice the re- 
sult: At the end of a six months' trial, nearly S40 
had been sent to the two Orphanages, supplies 
were all paid for, and over gto left in the treasury, 
which was divided between two of our cities for the 
support of the work there. In this same school, in 
nine months, the collections amounted to over 872, 
where previously there was scarcely enough to pay 
expenses. The average attendance was not above 
sixty. We merely give this as an example of what 
can be done, and for the encouragement of others 
to take up the same plan. 

■Have you ever noticed how the Sunday school 
work and the mission work of the church have been 
growing up together? If not, just look back ten 
years, and begin to compare. There is a wonderful 
similarity. Their growth has almost been marvel- 
ous. What will ten years more bring forth? But, 
our enthusiasm, do not let us be carried away 
too much by modern " dazzle," but keep to the 
side of conservatism and expediency. 
— Children's meetings have become quite corn- 
on among our churches, and they are productive 
of much good, if properly conducted, We do not 
favor the rendering of an elaborate " Children's 
Day program," closely bordering on the theatrical, 
but a few choice recitations and selections of a re- 
ligious character are never out of place. An " ob- 
ject sermon," in the hands of the proper person, is 
extremely interesting to the small people, and just 
as much so to those of larger growth. On this line 
every one interested in this line of work should 
send to the Publishing House for a copy of Dr. 
Stahl's " Object Sermons," " Through Eye Gate 
and Ear Gate into the City of Child-soul," It is 
full of splendid illustrations of every-day objects 
for " sermons " of this kind. 
Bellefontain; Ohio. 



—The Sunday school is a good place to cultivate 
the spirit of Christian giving. By bringing up the 
young mind in this " spirit," and teaching it as a 
privilege, as well as a duly, for all to give something 
to the different benevolences of the church, it will 
soon form a habit which will not leave them as 
long as they live. Encourage giving for missionary 
work especially. 

— In speaking of this, it calls to mind a Sunday 

I school with which we are acquainted, that decided 

What a pityl In some places, | to lay aside the regular collection for the first Sun- 

t«e much, in others, too little." Well, the thought I day of each month for the support of the Orphan- 



A REGARD FOR SERVANTS. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, of London, a lady of 
note and a brilliant converser, was, we are told, so 
kind and considerate to her servants, that she nev- 
er lost the consciousness of their presence while 
waiting at table, where they are too often forgot- 
ten in modern society. Mrs. Carter was so popu- 
lar a converser, that, living in London, in a house 
of her own, she never dined at home, some one or 
other of her numerous friends sending their car- 
riage or chair for her every day. 

It is said of her, that while servants were in at- 
tendance at meals, she made a point, as far as it 
could be done without breaking through the customs 
of society, to give the conversation such a turn as 
might be useful to them, so that indirectly and inci- 
dentally, as it were, she often contrived to im- 
press upon their minds, truths of the greatest conse- 
quence, which, perhaps, made sometimes a deeper 
impression than if delivered from the pulpit by the 
most eloquent preacher; for, in fact, they always lis- 
tened to instruction, so conveyed, with the utmost 
earnestness, and in all families where she was ac- 
customed to visit intimately, showed her the most 
marked and zealous attention. Indeed, her man- 
ners were so gentle, and her tone of voice so sweet, 
it was almost impossible to be uncivil to her. I 
have heard a lady of rank, who was one of her 
dearest friends, and with whom she lived a great 
deal, declare that she attributed much of the gen- 
eral good conduct of her servants, — of whom there 
were many, — to their listening frequently to such 
conversations. — The {Baptiii) Standard. 



"The poorest resources when religiously used, 
are more than sufficient to meet all demands. 
Look at the resources, — five loaves and two fishes! 
Look at the demand, — five thousand menl Look 
at the result,—" They did all eat and were filled." 
—Joseph Parker. 



TIEUE G-OSIPIEXj MESSENGER. 



General Missionary and Tract 
Department. 



ah-vKd 



L. W. Teeter, - Indtai 
S.R. Zug, • PennsFlvao 
- - Virginia. 



IE3ITLA3 MEETINGS Of THE 
bclQre Standing Committee 
lng; the second Monday of 

lOSiNESB FOE £N7 UEETItT!! s 



EACH STATE DISTRICT aiSSfOH BOASD is c 



SHE QCUfHITTES EEOBIvES c 

funds: World-Wide, Asia Minor, Ii 
Smyrna; Washington Meelingho 1 
India; Book and Tract Funds. 

03 HOT ADDEEGS business or money 
■Committee, to any of it3 members, 
pondence and money should be sc 



the following 
Orphanage at 
Sufferers In 



There are over 2.030 min 
n the Brethren's Almanac 
that only half are active. Then think oC 1,000 
missionaries in the various mission fields of 
ridl Let the reports of the combined 
n India, China, Africa, Europe, South 
a and the United States come up in 
named report from Annual Confer- 
ach year, and would not that great 
congregation conclude the report with shout- 
ng and tears of joy, exclaiming, "How beau- 
tiful are the feet of them whom the church 
s sent out to proclaim salvation! " 
The heathen are dying without Christ. No 
e will go to them unless the church send 
em. There are churches in the Brother- 
hood having a membership of 50. 1°°, '5°. 
2co, or more, memhers, who have never sent 
one messenger to a dying world. Yet, within 
their congregation, in a prayer meeting a< 
full of the Spirit as was that at Antioch, prob- 
ably a Paul and Barnabas could he found 
who, through God's grace, would call 



MOTTO FOR '. 



MISSION WORK.-ITS DIVINE CALL 
UPON THE CHURCH.— No. 3. 

In a former article the call was looked ; 
as directly being upon the church. In thi 
the call is seen rather indirectly, or through 
the work which the church is under obliga- 



gatic 



j do. 



Isaiah grant: 

precious 



that th 



of i 



■ all 



church having th> 
fvalion, will be so eage 
n, that she will be using 
messengers to every part 

ees these messengers as 

from the mother church, 

rid, and 



/, 



every effort ti 
of the world 
they are goi: 

and traveling up and down the 
exclaims, "How beautiful upon 
tains are the feet of him that bringeth good 
di.igs of good, that publishcth salvation,' 
language from Isaiah clearly implies 
that the publisher had authority to makt 
this proclamation, and that it came from God 
through the church. 

But Paul makes this clearer and more em- 
phatic when he says, in Rom. to; 14, 15, " How 
then shall they call on him in whom they 
have not believed? and how shall they be- 
lieve in him of whom they have not heard; 
and how shall they hear without a preacher: 
And how shall they preach, except they be 
sent?" Yes, how shall the unbelieving and 
sin-blinded world believi 
unless a preacher is sent to them? And who 
else is to send the preacher except the church 
If a question of doubt, on this point, would 
have arisen in Paul's mind he could ha 
readily said, "Though in my convcrsior 
was especially set apart to be an apostle 
the Gentiles, yet I did not enter upon that 
work until the church at Antioch set Bai 
bas and myself apart, and consecrated 
to it." This quotation from Romans, as well 
as the example of Paul, makes emphatic 
some very important things. 

1. That no matter how emphatic the call 
of God to the individual is, he should not go 
until the church, through the Spirit, sets him 
apart for the work. 

2. Because none should go without being 
sent, great is the responsibility of the church, 
in this matter. She should ever be alert to 
find those suitable to go, and set them apart 
so that they may go. To be careless or in- 
different in this, brings the blood of the un- 
saved upon her. And woe is me if I should 
be one who stands in the way of sending any 
one, full of the Holy Ghost, on his mission to 
the lost. 

3. Instead of the church waiting until a call 
is upon her, by her own immediate and 
pressing needs she should ever be looking 
out and setting apart messengers to the world 
of unsaved ones. 

Herein lies the secret of the wonderful 
propagation of ike Moravian church. Every 
member holds himself in readiness to go 
when called, and the church is sending so 
continuously and rapidly, that to-day she has 
more preachers in the mission field than at 
home. 



ouls 



) Chris 



Oh church, awake to thy mission in the 
world! Oh, church, have more faith in God! 
Oh, church, fear not the difficulties that pre- 
sent themselves! Look at those in your rank 
and file! Set apart those full of the Spirit, 
good men and women, that they may go, GO, 
GO! G . D, R, 

MISSION RECEIPTS FOR .NOVEMBER. 
1897. 

in on tli that 1* t!ct h<- iv In rii-kuowli'dyfd. please no- 
tify the S-ci-i-C.i v ;*-n:.- t it.t:ci\. gl vin v. amount, diitt 

mouth's I'l'iiuM. Usually. amounts mailed ultei 
the 28th of a mouth uppeur in the following 
month's report. 

WORLD-WIDE MISSIONS. 

[Money donated to this f u ml will ho used at hom* 

th-. 1 true bF*MS,— rr» bi-'ir i-.i wlmr-i iu'eded,— and It 1' 
kotiod thatlt v.lll be Wi'Il .supjioi-tecl. Interest or 
vim- iit-aitjiiitted, will be ao 



vi k-d;j,.M l. 



, — L=in 



*i; 



oroey, Chicago, $1; Cerro- 
$8,77; Cherry Grove church, 
>rger, OrBiieovllIe ?l ; total, . 5 

, 51); Loffrt Twin Creek eh., 



82; Chippewa eh., 
B. P. L. Dow, Lc 
s. Feadcr, New Bt 
S» HO ; Lafayette cl 



. «J.M; 



h, 518.6 



$4.& 



Lob man, 1'iircillse Hill, .;:.'; Abraham actl 
Elizabeth Ebertole, (defeased) Arcadia, 

$10.70; tctsl, 

low.*..— Solicited by Lizzie Fickel, Mt. 
Etna, 33; Isaac Dubois, Greene, $3; Louisa 
Krotz, Hampttn, 25 cents; a sister, Iveater, 
$15; Mrs. Hugh E. Walton, Sibley, 53; 
Indian Creek cb., 57.80; Elizabeth Swltzer, 
Iowa Olty, 51; M, E. Loudenslager, Defi- 
ance, 51; Brooklyn cfi., $7.61 J fa memory 
of Abraham and Elizabeth Shelly, Clar- 
ence, 55; a brother, Adel, 55; Harlan S. S„ 
53.60; Spring Creek ch., 511 C7; South Wa- 
terloo ch , 520.31; South Keokuk ch., 51; 
Llboi'tyvllle ch., gl; Co-Jar County church, 

Indiana.— A b-otaer. Nappanee, w, Elk- 
hart Valley church, 510; Bethel ch., $10; 
sister D. P. W&ylana, Goahen, *1.0l; 
a lover of soule, North Manchester, gl; 
Fhobo J.Wbittcor, North Liberty,510; Mex- 
ico ch., 57.75; Sura Gougnnour, Elkhart, ?i ; 
ArcadU ch„ 52 87; J. C, Shigloy and wife, 
West Point, 51; Noppanee ch, 58.30; total,. 

Alice Roddy, Johnstown, SO cents; A, W, 
Htahl, Laurelvllle, £0 cents; Three Spring 
ch.,51; Hynduian ch,, 51; J. M. Keeny, Port 
Alleghany, 52; Lech 1 » I ■ - 1 1 1 , Raek Greek ch., 
Sl01;Geo.DIchl, Back Cretk ch.,52c.nts; 
Katie Oelllg, Back Creek ch., 10 ctB.; John 

haver. Back Creek ch., 25 cents; "lor Je- 
sus," Beck Creek ch., B0 cents; Elizabeth 
Kojer, Back Creek ch., 50 cenis; Alice 
Oellig, Back Creek e-h., 25 eta.; Bess. Haw- 
baker, Back Creek ch., 25 cts.; Catharine 

Miller, Back Creek cb., S5 cents; , 

Williamson, 00 els ; Mr. and Mrs. D. F. 
Lepley, Connellsville, 5'0; a aister, Phila- 
delphia, 51; New Enterprise church, *7 55; 

nsas.— Pleasant View church, (5.76; 
H Morrill cb., 51.05; Joseph D. Win- 
Oiford, 60 cents; Abilene cb., 55.30; 
kie church, Jl; Verdigris ch., 12.75} 

jsoitbi.— Bethel church, 55.50; Mineral 
t ch., 55.80; Centorviefc- church, 52; 
Mound church, 50 7&; total, , 



Hod by 1 
Dings,. . . 



r, tlern.-t, JL' IT.; .hi*. K. 

?-'; total 

P. G. Poebler, Jcn- 



. Aheclnctffj Mlher.Dtv 
). E.Arnold, McPhor- 
Jos. Holaorple, Ph., 



L, Ki 



ts,J8-l; 



Total, 11,208 0! 

BOOK AND TRACT FUND. 
[Used only for publication and distribution of 



Pbn 



nt- 



toncr.Lnngmon 
nd Elizabeth Fo 



Prlaer, Hornet. 51 15; to- 



Total, |8J 



1'knnsi mania, — Sa roll Cassol, llarleye- 
ville, |1; a slater, Harley&vllle, 51; J M. 
Keeny, Port Alleghany, jl; Elizabeth Shear- 
er, Lfnttfastowo, 52; a brother and slater, 
Waynotboro, 510; David Klnzy, Back Creek 



total, . . . . 

INDIANA- 

er, Tec garde 
Illinois. - 
onvlllo, 51; 

Arizona — 
Kansas—- 



iklln Ccunty 



3., 87 1 



Upper Iowa River c 

Slkbart Valley ch,, 85 cts ; 

1, 55; total, 

Lanark cb., 52; a sister, 



, Chicago, 51; An- 



Nel 



Total, 

ORPHANAGE AT SMYRNA. 
Pennsylvania.— Julia Yorty, Somerset, 

Roddy, Johnstown, 51; D. Hosteller, Pleas- 
ant Hill, 512; as.ater, Harleyavllle,51; Lew- 
istown S. S„ 53.30; Edith and B'Bio Delett, 
Shauiokln, 5) cts.; Isaac GarmaD, PenDs- 
town,50cts.; a brother and sister, Waynes- 
boro, 510; I. Merle Hofeoker, Johnstown, 51; 





-Q,ai 


iter ,-h. 


512,7 


5; Slate Creek 


r * 


E Rlddlesberger 


Belleville, |1; 
, Sib; Sabetba 


•JA 


-Fo 


ir Mile 


ch.. 


l; Mile New- 










51.77; Nettie 






a ; Yelk 


w Creek ch„ 57/6; 




illev 




,3.; Phebe J. Whlt- 






rty, 55; 






-Lower 


fwln ch 


, GO 


ts.; Harley K 



5l.f0;Etta Hoover, Brad- 
Arlhor Mack. Webster, 25 cts.; 
, Bradford, 15cts.; a S. S. teacher, 
!8cts ; LoganSuaday ee-hcol, *l'.i* , i; 
ove ch., 55.70; Mary . I. Lentz, (de- 
drrod, 51 ^'3; Eaple Creek ohurch, 
aiah Swartz, Ashlaad,51; total, . 
A.— /. P. Dlebl, G00I3 Mills, 52.50; 
Peach Grove S 8 , 5C.60; Troutville Sunday 



)1, 50.0; 



Colorado,— A young fI>it, Pueblo, . 60 

Ciiii.nKBN's Mission.— As reported lu the 
Young Disctele 6 10 



l.h-U. .*,',: 



, 50.C2; 



< tnl, 



■i-k».y. 



5'i.f:i'; 



Shelly, Clu 
ohuroh, 520.31; total, ...... .228 

- Klllo Snyder, Bellefontalne, 51; 
ch., 57: Catharine Blclmnan, Wll- 
llamatown, BO ote ; W. U. P aliar, Baltic, fj 

total no 

Indiana,— A sister, Teegardon & a 



MKSSKNl.Ki; IMIIlt I'UND. 



lom,52.i-i; Mary A. I'aul, Dlllsbui-g, if I ; G. B. 

Stoulfor, l}lllsburg,5t.r>0; total 

Illinoih.— Mra. Mary Price, Oregon, 51; 
Annette Varger, OniDgevlUe, 51; total, . . . 

vllle, 5l;Oftlharlno Newklrk, Michigan Val- 
ley, 51; total 

A lii/.ONA.-Gleiulalo ohurch 

INDIANA.-Uannah Kyor, (iosliRii.ria C0nt»; 
Susan Yoder, Green Contor, 55 centw; gusiu 
Kee porta, I.ogansport, Jl) cts.; total 

lowA.~W. D. Llchty, JowaClty, 

Wkst VtitdiNiA.-Atliter, Brookaido, . . . 

Total 5 

IND'A ORPHANAGE. 

KAN-SA.s-McPherson oh. .solicited by By- 
ron Talhelm, 518 85; Uaas" ch., 5U.wi); Char- 
ley and Myrtle A nlingnr, Madison, 51 20; Me- 



unu 



\ Hoover, Brodfori 



Colo.— A youug sister, Pueblo, . 



Ouio.— Win. Kleplnger, J>nyton, 5L'; Marlci 
Hoover, Wetlorsvllle, S1.S0; South Poplar 
Kldgeob., $21.80; total, - ■ 

VA^-C. E.Glskey, Mo^uaelta Springs, 52; 
Mill Creek church 517 50; Daisy and Birdie 

er, Ik-aver Creek eh., 75 cents; a brother, 
Singers Gen, 52; Geo. W- ShafTer, Singers 

Glen, 51 ; John Shu liar, Sluycrs Glen, 51; to- 



tal, 



- Kocklnghn 



. 510; 



Maryland.— "The Lord's Tenth." 

Illinois.— Hickory Groves. S-, 57.22; Mrs 
. Watson, Fair Haven, $1; total, . . . . 

Iowa —Mrs. T. I'. Wltenmyer. Centervllle, 



—J, M. Harshbarger, Johnstown, $-; 
3 Harshbargor, Jobuitown, 51; Edith 

barker. Johnstown, $1; a slater, Harlej*vllle, 

brother, Malnlaod, il; Ephraia church, $0; 
Margaret Oellig, Hick Creokch. 51; toial, . 
Ill— Bell WhUiner, Shaunon, 51; Cora 
lioyd, Lanark, 25 ots.; Auut Kittle Rice, Mr. 
Morris, 5o{ a aister, Hutsouville, 51; Wad- 
dams Gravech., 113.21; total 

(Cait(lftdt4 vn Page it.) 



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The Qierists' Department, though already in 
type, is crowded out this week. 

Bro. S. F. Sanger changes his address from Cal- 
verton, Vj., to Manassas, same State. 



A series of meetings at Mt. Hope, Okla., con- 
ducted by Bro. N. S. Gripe, resulted in six acces- 
sions. 

The Brethren of the South Waterloo church, 
Iowa, are said to be in the midst of an interesting 
Bible Term. 

Bro, D. B. Eby, of Lena, III., started to Texas 
the 6rst of this week. He is likely to be absent for 
some weeks, 

Bro. M. Flory is engaged in a series of meetings 
at Girard, 111. When last heard from there were 
a number of confessions. 



At one of his meetings in New York, Mr, D. L. 
Moody took a collection for the Cuban sufferers, 
and raised overS6oo. 



A series of meetings at the Painter Creek house, 
Ohio, conducted by Bro. John Calvin Bright, re- 
sulted in eight conversions. 

Bro. Jacob G, Zug writes us that since his last re 
port six have been received into the Falling Spring 
church, Pa., making eight in all. 



Writing from Clay Hill, Pa., Jan. 10, Bro. W. A. 
Anthony says, "Six were baptized at our regular 
appointment. O.hcrs are near." 



Bro. Geo. W. Cripe is giving the work in Adams 
County, 111., special attention just now. He reports 
plenty to do, and not half preachers enough to do 
it. 

The members of the Big Swatara church, Pa., re- 
joice over the ingathering of seven souls, as the re- 
sult of a series of meetings, recently held by Bro. 
Hiram Gibble. 

After the Sunday morning services, two weeks 
ago, the congregation assembled at Fairview, Mo., 
went to the water side, where nine were buried 
with Christ in baptism. 

Bro. Geo, Bowman, of Washington County, 
Tenn., spent the greater part of December in a few 
series of meetings in Virginia and his own State, 
He reports seven conversions. 

In the report of the Bachelor Run church, Ind., 
on page 20, we failed to state that there were eight 
accessions during Bro. Crosswhite's meetings, The 
mistake was no fault of our correspondent. 



The Ludlow church, Darke Co., Ohio, seems to 
be in a very prosperous condition at this time. 
The series of meetings, conducted by Bro. W. Q. 
Calvert, has just closed with thirty accessions. 



Bro. T. C. Denton and wife, of Daleville, Va., 
are now on their way to Southern California, and 
have arranged to spend some time at Lordsburg, 
where they may be addressed until further notice. 




Bro. I, H. Crist reports three applicants for 
baptism, in Kansas City. He finds considerable in- 
terest among the people who attend the services. 
Some of the colored people are also seeking more 
light, and may yet respond to the Gospel call, 

Bro. D, F. Stouffer has just closed an interest- 
ing series of meetings in Sharpsburg, Md. The 
services are held in the Methodist church. The 
Brethren have purchased a lot in the city, and are 
preparing to build a house of worship next sum- 
mer. 

Bro. Thomas Reiser and wife, of Roanoke, 111,, 
are now on the Pacific Coast. They are said to be 
looking for a location in a milder climate. This 
leaves the church at Roancke without a minister. 
Still the members are keeping up their Sunday 
school, and we feel sure that the Lord will bless 
them. , 

Sister Kate Johnson, Meyersdale, Pa., who has 
kept an account of the accessions reported in the 
Messenger during the year 1S97, gives the number 
baptized as 5,489. If to this we add those not re- 
ported, we may safely say that during the last 
twelve months, 6,000 members were added to the 
church by confession and baptism. 



A few hours before closing these pages, consid- 
erable interesting church news came to our desk 
that must lay over until next week. 



Thb meetings in Goshen, Ind , conducted by Bro. 
Peter Stuckman, resulted in fourteen accessions, 
ten by confession and four reclaimed. 



We are informed that Bro. Andrew Hutchison's 
meetings in Los Angeles, Cal., some time ago, re- 
sulted in nine accessions to the church. 



The Kansas City Star, of Jan. 12, has some good 
things to say concerning the work of the Brethren 
in that city. It states that our people are looking 
for a lot on which to erect a house of worship. 
We trust the day is not far distant when we will not 
only have a commodious church ediGce in Kansas 
City, but also a large working congregation. 



lady writes us, saying: " Ma belongs to your 
church, but pa belongs to the Baptist church. But 
we would like to take the Brethren paper. We 
would like you to send us a sample copy of the 
Mbssenger." This is very nice in children to want 
to read the paper setting forth the doctrine that 
mother has embraced. We are always glad to send 
sample copies to people in search of more light. 



The General Mission Report for November ap- 
pears in this issue. It will be found full of interest. 
We believe our readers would be greatly profited by 
giving these reports, from time to time, close atten- 
tion. It is encouraging to observe how the differ- 
ent funds increase or decrease according to the de- 
mands made. It can be seen that our people are 
growing in the grace of giving. 

Bro. W. S. Long says, that some time ago he 
had the Messenger sent to certain parties, and that 
since some of them have united with the church. 
He desires to continue this way of preaching the 
Gospel. Ten thousand of our readers might en- 
gage in this line of mission work, and see good re- 
sults from the effort. All we ask is the privilege to 
enter the homes of the unconverted, and we will 
see that the Gospel is preached to them. 

Last week, and the week before, the people of 
this place, as well as those attending the Special 
Bible Term, had the pleasure of enjoying seven il- 
lustrated talks by Bro. D. L. Miller. The attend- 
ance was very large, there being from 8"0 to I.OCO 
persons present at each meeting. Bro. Miller 
employs one of the best stereopticons in use, 
and, during his talks, gave about three hundred and 
fifty views. These were from photographs, and 
presented things as they existed at the time the 
pictures were taken. With these excellent views 
and his talks, he took his large audiences from 
Rome to Asia Minor, then to Palestine, and from 
there to Egypt, far up the Nile, to the Convent at 
Mt. Sinai, thence to India, Ceylon, China and Japan. 
The journey through Japan was charming, but the 
most interesting feature was the walk about Jerusa- 
lem. After thus spending a few evenings with 
Bro, Miller in Palestine, one seems to see the whole 
country just as it is. In no way, aside from a per- 
sonal visit, can a person get so much knowledge of 
the Bible Lands, as in this manner. Young people, 
especially, have made on their minds impressions 
that will cling to them all through life. This war 
one of the most interesting and instructive ieatures^ 
in our Bible Term. 



Some preachers never reach the " dead line," and 
Bro. Enoch Eby is one of them. He is now about 
seventy years old, and were all of our ministers 
half as active in the cause of Christ, as he is, some- 
body would think a good deal of this world is being 
turned upside down. The following extract from 
a letter he writes to this office, and especially the 
closing line, will bear us out in what we say: 

Another point concerns me much, and that is, how to get 
large, wealthy churches, that have six or eight ministers, and 
plenty of idle talent, that is sound, to induce some of her 
preachers to move to the outskirts, where they are needed, or- 
ganize churches, and then elect ethers to take their places. 
This the wealthy churches could do even if they would have 
to buy them out, and hold the property until purchasers could 
be found, or any way that they could do to get the preach- 
ers out and spread the Truth. I am gratified with our prog- 
ress along this line, but in many places there is room for im- 
provement. Again, we must adopt some plan for gettiDg 
the Messenger more among the outsiders. The Seventh 
Day Adventists briDg their means together to their general 
Conference, by the thousands. In this, and other ways, the 
church pays for their literature, and when they cannot sell it 
they give it away. Itelievethat I will suggest that all the 
churches send all they can raise, to the District Meetings, by 
the hand of their delegates, and these meetings send the 
same, by delegates to the Annual Meeting. In this manner 
we could raise $2,000 as easily as S500. And we might raise 
even more. When I see so much to do, I sometimes tell my 
wife that I wish I was young again! 



One of our isolated members, residing in North 
Dakota, seems to enjoy the Mbssenger very much. 
He says: "I long for its coming from week to 
week. I am living with a man who is almost an in- 
fidel, and my only companion is the Bible and the 
Messenger. When I received the paper this after- 
noon, I read it through and through, comparing the 
citations with the Scriptures. Then I sang some 
familiar hymns, and felt in a good condition to go 
to my closet, and enter into communion with God." 
One who can get this much good out of a paper, 
will certainly be profited by reading it. 



OUR CREED. 



" If the New Testament is the only rule of faith 
and practice for the Brethren church, and is our 
only creed, then what about the Minutes?" — 
some one asks. The design of the Minutes of the 
Annual Meeting has been to unify our people re- 
specting the doctrine set forth in the Scriptures. 
In our early history the Brethren differed concern- 
ing certain Christian duties and privileges. It was 
needful for them to reach an understanding, for 
people cannot properly worship together unless 
' they be agreed. This resulted in certain Minutes ( 



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57 



which have been added to from time to time, until I an answer is not considered by the Standing Co 



the book has reached its present size. And th 
whole thing, when summed up, simply means 
how the Brethren understand the teachings of the 
Scriptures on the points presented to their Confer- 
ence. These Minutes have resulted in a union of 
sentiment and practice among us, that is of im 
mense value, and, when they are properly used, and 
not abused, they answer a good purpose. But we 
do not believe in carrying them to council-meetings, 
and placing them on top of the Bible. As a gener- 
al thing, our church officials ought to be well 
enough informed to keep house without having to 
resort much to the Minutes. As a rule, the Minutes 
refer to the Scriptures on which decisions are based. 
For our part, we prefer going direct to these Scrip- 
tures, tell the members what they mean, and that 
this is the way they are understood by the Breth- 
ren, and that the better way is for us to endeavor 
to conduct the affairs of the church in harmony 
with this understanding. Our people have always 
regarded the New Testament as their creed, while 
the Minutes tell how this creed is understood on 
certain points. And since these Minutes refer us to 
the creed for our authority, let us always keep this 
creed in front. The Minutes we can change, modi- 
fy, and even repeal, as we get more light, but the 
creed remains the same, now and forever. 



DOCTRINAL LINES. 



Bro. W. I. T. Hoover, of Dayton, Ohio, is de- 
livering a series of doctrinal sermons, and has made 
special preparation for the work. Paul instructed 
Timothy to give attention to doctrine, and we 
would urge all our young ministers to prepare 
themselves, and deliver a number of sermons on 
doctrine. A work of this kind will not only do a 
great deal of good, but it will be a fine drill for any 
young minister. To most of our young ministers, 
who would like to inform themselves more fully 
regarding the doctrine held by the Brethren, we 
would suggest the reading of the following books: 

Nead's Theological Works.* 

Doctrine of the Brethren Defended, by R. H. 
Miller. 

Quinter on Trine Immersion.* 

Quinter and McConnell Debate. 

Miller and Sommer Debate. 

Seven Churches of Asia, by D. L. Miller, 

Brethren's Tracts and Pamphlets, Vol. i. 

Church Manual. 

The Lord our Righteousness. 

To this list we would add Franklin's Gospel 
Preacher, Vol, I, The books marked thus (*) are 
just now out of print. 

There are scores of other books that should be 
read by ministers, but, in order to get a clear in- 
sight into the true doctrine, it will pay all of our 
young ministers to give the books named a careful 
perusal, The main object of these books, however, 
is to help one understand the teachings of the 
Scriptures, and especially will they be found useful 
along the doctrinal lines. j. h. m, 



mittee. Some of them are not even read. When 
a query is presented, the first question asked by the 
presiding officer is, "Has it an answer?" If it 
has, he calls for the next, and so on, until one is 
reached having no answer. Then he calls for an 
answer. Occasionally there is a good deal of discus- 
sion about the answer proposed, but the majority 
rules. Then, when that particular question comes 
before the open Conference, the members of the 
Standing Committee may differ, and take sides, 
just as they had the privilege of doing in the Com- 
mittee room. Even the officers of the Conference 
sometimes differ in the public discussion. This is 
their privilege. What passes in the Committee 
room, in this respect, is not considered binding. 
It is only getting business in shape for the 
Conference. And permit us here to state, that 
there is nothing unfair, in the least, about the 
whole arrangement. Somebody must get matters 
in shape for the Conference, and this work has been 
assigned to the Standing Committee. When the 
business comes before the delegates in the open 
Conference, it is their privilege to vote down every 
measure proposed by the Standing Committee, if 
they feel so disposed. They can do it, for they out- 
number the Standing Committee, as a general 
thing, more than six to one. This Committee does 
not take the advantage of the Conference, and 
could not, even if it wanted to. Its power is too 
limited for anything of the kind. j, h m. 



A WARNINQ. 



THE STANDING COMMITTEE. 

A brother writes us, and wishes to know wheth- 
er the Standing Committee is not a secret society, 
and whether it does not take the advantage of the 
open meeting by first placing answers to all the 
queries before they can be discussed. In the first 
place, the Standing Committee, of itself, is no soci- 
ety at all. It might very properly be denominated 
as a " Committee on Programme," as the arranging 
of the programme for the open Conference is the 
main part of its work. Furthermore, it does not 
put answers to all the queries. It frames answers 
for those that have no answers. A query containing 



Bro. McCann, in his letters "On the Way to In- 
dia," writes many good things, His words of 
warning in letter No. 3 will bear repetition. He 
says: "We had twenty-seven missionaries on board 
our vessel. There are nine children among the 
missionaries. Thirteen of the missionaries are 
from the United States. All are bound for India. 
There are four Free Methodists, and four of the 
Pentecost Band. This was a mission band organ- 
ized in the Free Methodist church, eleven years 
ago, by V. A. Dake, who died in Africa, five years 
ago. The band separated from the Free Metho 
dists about three years ago, last January, because 
the church required them to throw their strength 
into the general channels of the church, and quit 
publishing their paper as a separate organ. They 
also differed somewhat on the doctrine of holiness. 
Their present leader is T. H. Nelson, of Indianap- 
olis, Ind. The purpose of the band is home and 
foreign mission work. This split was caused by 
some zealous workers pushing forward, independent 
of the church, publishing a paper and pressing their 
work without regarding the church's authority. 
May we, as brethren, take warning and move with 
care, lest we become factions, instead of a united 
body in Christ! " 

We commend these words of our dear brother to 
the careful consideration of all our readers. Those 
of us who passed through the period when papers 
sprung up on every hand, and when some of them 
crystallized sentiment against the church and her 
work, which finally led to two factions leaving her 
communion and starting up separate organizations, 
are prayerfully anxious that such a condition may 
never exist again in the church. Bro. McCann's 
warning is timely and in place. Let us take heed 
unto itl D. L M, 



TRAINING THE CHILDREN. 

We have reached a period in the history of our 
church work, when more well-directed attention 
should be given to the religious training of the 
children. We must endeavor to train them for the 
Lord and for his work. It is not sufficient that 
they be converted, but they must be trained so they 



will be of some practical use to the kingdom. 
This training must be both in the family and in the 
Sunday school, and should, by no means, be neg- 
lected in the church. Christian parents, in their 
own homes, must impress their children with the 
supreme importance of the Christian religion, and 
give them to clearly understand that it is, by no 
means, a secondary matter. This can be done in 
various ways, but nothing tells more on the minds 
of children than the lives their parents live in their 
homes. It is well said that "the mother is the 
child's Bible," and it is to her that the little ones 
look for the first rules of life. 

Every mother should impress upon the minds of 
her children the thought that she is a consistent 
Christian woman, and the father should be known 
to them as an exemplary Christian man. In fact, 
children should have no doubts concerning the re- 
ligion of their parents, and all the fathers and moth- 
ers ought to conduct themselves so as to impress 
their children in this manner. This, of course, can- 
not be done without making Christian living a 
study, and it is here that too many make the fatal 
mistake. They do not study how to live like Chris- 
tian fathers and mothers should live. Their chil- 
dren cannot see that they are any better than the 
unconverted, so far as real, practical religion is 
concerned. 

Then the children must be correctly taught at the 
family fireside, Parents want to be careful what 
they talk about, and how they talk in the presence 
of their children. Their conversation should relate 
to things at least becoming Christian people. 
They should not parade before the family the evils, 
defects, and corruptions of the community, and es- 
pecially should they not dwell upon the mistakes 
and faults of church members, nor church troubles'. 
Family conversation ought to be made a study, 
and, by all means, should it be guarded. "Those 
who do this, can be constantly wesving into thtirt 
conversation thoughts that will favorably impress 
their children religiously, and, thereby, implant in- 
to their hearts seed, that may, in due time, lead 
them to Christ. This planting of the seed of the 
kingdom into the hearts of the children, also needs 
study, for there is danger of overdoing even a good 
thing. 

Parents should not fail to supply their families 
with good reading matter, and, in doing so, the 
Brethren's literature ought to have a prominent 
place. It should be read and talked about. We 
have been in families where half of the conversation 
was concerning things mentioned in the Messen- 
ger. The children took delight in that class of lit- 
erature, because they heard their parents talk so 
much about it. The parents led out and the little 
folks soon fell into line. 

Next to the family is the Sunday school training, 
which, in many localities, is the leading Sunday at- 
traction for the children and the young people. It 
here that our children are trained either for the 
church or for the world. In far too many instan- 
ces, parents are not sufficiently concerned about 
the Sunday school, nor about the character of the 
work done there. Even our elders and preachers 
are too indifferent respecting this line of church 
work. They, as well as the parents, should know 
what kind of material is being developed for the 
future church. 

These are lines of thought well worthy of serious 
consideration, and must receive more than ordinary 
attention if we expect the church to prosper as it 
should. We must give more attention to the little 
people. A greater number of our children should 
be in the church. In fact, all of them ought to be 
there, and, probably, were we more in earnest re- 
specting their salvation, we would have the pleas- 
ure of seeing many more of them enrolled among 
the saints, j, n m, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



2:, 189S. 



HOME* AND* FAMILY. 

STARVED UN TflB S1RBBTS. 

Deats,— found dead in the street, 

Cr,ild forsaken and lo:n; 
Damp from head 10 feet, 

With dews "f sweet May moral 



Dead, -for wan 
Dead in the c 

Dead and unde 
Without ever 



1 of: 






the dust, 
a word of praje 

lillle 



Dead- 
Stretching their skeleton bands, 

Plead for the crumbs from cur store, 
Child en in famine lands. 

Dead.-but the Spirt' and Word, 
Forth on thrir mission have sped, 

Summoning the sa nts o the Lord, 
To share with the starving their bread. 

-Stlrctcd. 



A THOUCjrt'LESS MOTHER. 



A CERTAIN 



BY FLORA E TEAGUB. 

mother in one of our smaller cities 
nd of plsyint; " progressive euchre " 
One av rung sue received a fine silver cup for be- 
ing the most iuccessM player in a group of her so- 
ciety friends. She was much delighted with her 
success, and, on showing it to her family the next 
morning, her son, in his early " teens " said, " Huhl 
I can beat that, for I made ten dollars at the pool 
table last night!" 

1 nme.'iately the eyes of the mother were opened 
in more senses than one, for, in the first place, she 
had no idea that her son had thus been spending 
his time, and, in the next place, partners in sin, 
how could she condemn him? It taught her a les- 
son once for all. 

After learning this mother's story, I wondered 
how many, many other mothers there are, who, 
whi'e they may not be playing " progressive 
e ich. e," yet arc so busily ab urbed in one thing 
or another, that they, too, know not how their 
sons and daughters are spending their evenings. 

Mothers, are the souls of your children precious 
to you or not? If they are, study how you may in- 
terest their minds so much that home will be the 
place they prefer to be in, first, last, and all the 
time. Live for your children in such a way that 
you are not slaves to petty tyrants, but guides, ad- 
visers and companions. 

Let that extra piece of fancy-work go and spend 
that time in conversation with your young people, 
o in reading something of interest and profit, so 
that you may relate it to them of an evening. Se- 
lect gond elding ma-ter for them, and, when they 
are oil enough to read, let one read while the oth 
er«, with mother, listen. After reading awhile, 
tike some time for commenting on what has been 
read. 

If you have a musical instrument in your home, 
gither the little ones around you and sing some 
s.veet and happy songs that all love. Do not be 
afraid of a musical instrument in your home. I 
would rather have it where my children, with pure 
aid sacred song in their home, could delight my 
ear and fill my soul with joy, than to have them in 
some questionable place, listening to Satan's flesh- 
fascin.ting and sin-alluring songs. 

Ado'n your homes with at least a few pieces of 
art from time to time These are the things that 
aid in culturing, beiutifyinff and refining the soul. 
Som- one has said. "N 1 beautiful picture was ever 
mad? without having behind it a pure and beauti- 
spiration." I like that. 
1 attention frequently to beau- 
in nature and art. Have each one 
1 flower. In the summer- 
e their plats for flowers 



■il ga 



to be found 10 tv I places, or play.ng 
Tne only question is, will you? 

Do not say you have not time. Is some of the 
o'her work you are doing as profitable? Fewer 
dishes of dyspepsia-provoking viands, less fancy- 
work on your wearing apparel, or in the form of 
throws, tidies, etc , and you will have all the time 
you need. A rich harvost awaits your reaping if 
you sow the proper seed in the proper time and 
proper place. 

May God bless the mothers of this nation and 
help them to train properly their olive plants for 
his kingdoml 

Ml. Motris, III. ^ 

THREE SCENES.-WnlCH DO YOU LIKE BEST? 

BY CYRUS BUCHER. 

This New Years night three scenes come to my 
mind. They were not all imagination, nor vision, 
nor dreams, but were very real, very reel. 



ful thought as an ins 


Call the 


children's 


tiful hand 


work in n 


in the fair 


ily to pos 


time et th 


e childre 


Direct the 


ir wo k. 


be fou id 


a 'heir p 


them a 1 


1 b rds. et 


which yoc 


can inter 



C 11 attention to the beauty 
plants Study all vou can with 
Oh, there arc m<ny wav 



A number of young people, mostly members, 
gather at a brother's house, who is interested in 
the young, and especially in the future we'fare of 
the church. A<= they gather in, they are very soci- 
able, talking in a general way, but as the hour hand 
of the clock moves to 7, one says, "I wonder 
whether Brother John or Sisler Mary will be here? " 
Several look at their watches. One says, "The 
hour has arrived. We have come 'o spend a social 
evening together." A call is made for Scripture 
reading. I notice nearly all have their Bibles, and 
the Brethren's Song Books. I notice, too, that all 
the sisters have their bonnets off, and have plain 
caps on, and all are dressed orderly. Some one, as 
leader, reads and then calls on a sister to lead in 
prayer. She does so, very fervently, for the meet- 
ing, for the poor ministers, that God may help 
them, for our dear missionaries among the heathen, 
for all men, Another closes with the Lord's 
Prayer. 

They then choose a lesson which I suppose they 
had studied and all seem interested, and, with the 
singing and Christian air pervading, I said to my- 
self, " That shows that they have been with J -sus,— 
that they have been to him in prayer before, hav- 
ing family altars where all take part and are inter- 
ested in the wotk." They leave, and all feel 
stronger for the battles of life. The brother of the 
ays, " Mother, I am so g'.ad that these 
young people practice their religion." "Amen," 
says she, 

SCENE II, 

Again, I sec a number of young people gather at 
a brother's house. The assembly is mote of a 
mixed character, — mostly brethren and sisters, 
however. Some few of their friends also come to- 
gether for a social evening. I notice a large num- 
ber have Song Books. Among the number I notice 
several who seem to have come to be heard, and 
although the nature of the meeting is to be up- 
building to the young, a few will, by their senseless, 
foolish talk, throw a chill over the meeting, 
quenching the spiritual feeling. They not only 
make themselves ridi-ulous, but the better part of 
the attendants despise them I notice, too, that 
some look like sisters, but act only a little that 
way, and one or two breihr«n enjoy the foolishness. 
However, one more solemn than the rest, thinks it 
would be good to have prayer. He leads and, aft- 
er some delay, one closes with the Lord's Prayer. 
The evening is enjoyed mostly by singing the beau- 
tiful hymns of our Song Book. I notice, however, 
that, towards the last, several other song books are 
introduced, and there being only a few books, and 
the songs new, as rnany as can, gather around the 
organ and sing, while the others listen. But this 
even gets dry, and talking and singing and joking 
end the meeting, and one after the other depart. 
The few foolish talkers think they had a good 



really, whether they got much spiritual benefit. 
The hymns were good, but it seems they did not 
feel right when they sang. Perhaps the prayer was, 
too formal and cold. 

When the meeting is over, the old brother says, 
to his wife, "I do not seem to enjoy these meetings; 
as I formerly did. There is so much levity mixed, 
with it, and I have been thinking-, perhaps it would; 
be better not to have them any more." Mother 
feels sad when she says, "It seems the young 
must have something to enjoy themselves, but, re- 
ally, I felt sad myself. I do not know what we 
would better do. Let us study and pray over ill! 
I know I used to enjoy these meetings myself, but 
it seems we are drifiicg, slowly drifting back to the 
world. May the good Lord help us! Let us 
pray!" Alter a fervent, solemn prayer, they retire, 
for the night and the second scene closes. 



Several members come on a visil, and, thinking 
it would be pleasant to have a social gathering,, 
several young members invited a number of friends.. 
As they come, I notice that there are no Bibles,, 
but 1 hit all have hymn books of some kind,. 
Again, I notice that several have packages as they 
gather in. After considerable v/aiting and delay,, 
some think there ought to be some music Some 
propose one thing and some another. Some want 
to sing from one book, and some from the other. 
Finally, after considerable jesting and senseless 
talk, several start up a hymn. Perhaps the French 
harp, zither or the violin play an important part.. 
Those not having the Brethren's book along, have, 
no chance at all because they are not far enough 
advanced in the "s-ience of music" to take pa»t, 
I notice, too, that some who are introduced as. 
"brother and sister," look, in appearance, just like 
those that make no profession, I also notice that a 
good many jokes about the minister, and gossip 
on the part of some, is "richly enjoyed," How- 
ever, after earnest calls for " something we can a'l 
sing" some few old hymns, such as we he?.rd in. 
Scenc I, are sung, 

After thus passing ihe time till a late hour, an 
aged sisier, who desired the welfare of her chil- 
dren and thought of the good o'd times when they 
came together to sing and pray, whispered in an. 
aged brother's ear, "I think we ought to have 
prayer before parting," 

Being conscientious, he felt considerably embar- 
rassed. Self-denial and duty plead for action. Fi- 
nally the call was made for a season of prayer be- 
fore part ng, asking those present to be properly 
prepared. Some went for their bonnets, others 
tried to obtain a prayer-ccvccing, and still others, 
never having thought of prayer at the meeting, had 
no covering along. Perhaps they were instructed 
that a woman when she prays cr prophesies, should 
be covered. Perhaps they had never read careful- 
ly for themselves "that a woman that prays (a pray- 
ing woman) should be covered because of the an- 
gels." Some, perhaps, never had family worship 
If they had, the father only practically engaged in 
it. 2nd the wife, sons and daughters took no part. 

Well, the brother prayed, feeling humiliated and 
sad. This brought a serious feeling to the dose of. 
the meeting, and, after leaving, the more serious 
said, "This is where we are drifting." Others 
slid, "I felt very much ashamed." The father 
said, "Wife, I do not think we ever want such a 
meeting again." The wife replied, "No, I felt con- 
demned and sad all the evening, and I was glad 
that we at leas^ had prayer at the close." 

I hope ail will take this lesson to heart, and not 
have the world and religion so mixed, that we get 
the world practically uppermost. These old peo- 
ple felt too sad to pray, and retired shedding tears. 
Now, my dear reader, " which do you like best? " 
And oh, my dear Savior, whose blood was shed for 
me, which doym like best? 
Astoria, III. 



Some churches 



better condition if 



mmy wavs in ' meeting, because thev had a chance to talk. £ 
est your children so much that of the most serious ones think the meeting was not \ their chief members were half as anxious t 
neither you nor they will want to go on the streets, as good as it used to be, and they do not know, ' God as they are to lead the world, 



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meeting, send a report of it, so that others may rejoice with you. In 
give name of church, county and state. Bebrief. Notes of Travel s 



Prom Washington, D. C. 

To the members who so kindly contributed to 
our Helping-hand Society, during 1897, we extend 
our most grateful thanks. A work of importance 
is begun here. Many hearts and souls have been 
cheered through your helping hand, towards these 
little ones, who knew little or nothing about God 
and a dying Savior. Think of it, brethren! We 
beg you, who have not yet come to these little 
ones, rescue with your abundance, do not delayl 
To-day we have the promise, but not to-morrow. 
Today, if we have the opportunity, let us do good 
with that which the Lord lendeth to us. Perhaps, 
before the end of this year, the Lord will claim it. 
Oh, for our own soul's welfare, let us continue in 
the vineyard of the Lord. If not able with health 
or wealth, we are able with our prayers. All dona- 
tions towards the cause, here in this city, are much 
appreciated. Send your donations to the writer, at 
315 D. St., S. E„ Washington, D, C. 

Carrie Westergrbn, 



Notes from India. 



— This is the cold season for India, as well as 
for America. Here, however, the thermometer 
ranges from 65 to 80 in the shade. Nights seem 
very cool, but the middle of the day is quite warm. 
The adult natives with but little dress, children 
without any, feel our cool mornings about as much 
as we would zero weather at home. 

— The famine has, through the blessing of God, 
been the means of gaining access to the homes 
and hearts of the people in a way that could not 
have been done without. The missionaries are 
known far and wide, and receive a hearty welcome 
and ready hearing in both country and village. 

— To-day, Bro, Stover started early for a village 
six or seven miles distant, and will not return till 
late this evening. Much of this kind of work 
should be done and done soon. 

— Several days ago seven Parsecs and one Hin- 
doo came to have an hour's talk on the religion of 
Christ, and listened with rapt attention, as the won- 
derful story was unfolded to them, Before leav- 
ing, they decided on an hour when they may re- 
turn and hear still further of him who died and 
lives again for all men. 

— Bro. Lyons, who was baptized some weeks 
ago, is now in Zululand, Africa. In a personal let- 
ter to the missionaries, he writes: " I am sure many 
in Bulsar will think of a certain day when many of 
us gathered by the riverside to be baptized and 
freed from all past sin, and to come home as white 
as snow in the sight of God. Ohl how glad I am 
to tell my comrades of that wonderful day for me! 
I say, "wonderful," yes, indeed, it was wonderful 
to me, as there were many things which I could not 
understand until I got to the river, and then it all 
appeared as clear to me as if I had read it in a 
book. The mist seemed to lift and roll away be- 
fore my eyes, and then all I knew was that I was 
leaving my old life behind in that very river, and 
that I was starting out in the world again. It 
seemed I had a very bright light to steer by, "The 
light of God's love." Praise the Lord that I am 
steering for that beacon still, and I hope, with the 
assistance of Jesus Christ, to gain that light and 
cast my life's anchor in the refuge of God's love. 
We would that more lights might, with our broth- 
er, shine in Africa, as well as here. 

— The Orphanage is indeed a comfortable home 
for the homeless, The children are very prompt 
in answering Scripture questions, and energetic in 
song. They sing in Gujerati and join in the Lord's 
Prayer in the same, 

-To-day Sister Ryan is out with the orphans to 
s neighboring village, ts have them sing, end then 



she will talk to the people. Among these children, 
we trust, are some of our future missionaries,' 

— Sister Stover has general charge of home af- 
fairs, while wife and myself are putting in all pos- 
sible time in studying the language. Our teach- 
er's name is Balubhai Jeyshanker Pandia. 

— The plague has not yet broken out in Bulsar, and 
at present we hear nothing of it spreading farther, 

— To all the dear brethren and sisters who wrote 
us personal letters before leaving New York, we 
would, by this means, express our appreciation of 
the same. They have been read and reread, and 
while we may not be able to answer each with a 
separate response, you may know that they have 
been a comfort to us. We thank the Lord for the 
spirit which characterized each one, and pray that 
God may bless all as he alone can do. 

D. L. Forney. 

Eulsar, India, Dec. 10. 

How the Doctrinal Number Is Received. 

Very recently, through the kindness, good will, 
and well wishes of a most excellent and dear 
friend, who is a member of the Brethren church, I 
received from my post-office a copy of what you 
term "doctrinal issue" of the Gospel Messenger. 
By your kind permission I will occupy a little 
space in your paper, that I may thus express my 
appreciation for this valuable expression of kind 
ness, good-will and desire for the good of others 
The disposition that prompted this act of kindness 
doubtless was born of the Spirit of Christ, and is 
therefore akin to his lofty character, consequently 
it is worthy of the highest commendation, merits 
the profoundest respect, and challenges the admir- 
ation, love, and esteem of every one. 

Individually, and as a personal favor, I accept 
this as a token of esteem, good-will, and a legiti- 
mate desire to do good by thus assisting others in 
a life of truth and usefulness, and that others may 
possess the joys of such a life, God hasten the 
day when each individual shall be engaged in such 
a laudable work! 

It is due my friend, and the general management 
of the Messenger, that I should say that I have 
read the paper sent me with more than an ordinary 
interest and carefulness, owing to the special mat- 
ter of its contents. It has been both instructive and 
beneficial to me. God bless, according to his own 
will and purposes, the labors of those who are 
sending out those weekly messages! 

John H. Durham. 

Meuid City, Mo., Jan, 1. 



Asia Minor Mission. 



— Our orphans continue faithfully to hold their 
nightly prayer meeting. We rejoice to see the un- 
abated interest and devotion in these holy gather- 
ings of their own creation. 

—The chancellor of the Armenian Archbishop 
sent us an orphan from Everek, in the far interior, 
a few days ago, He is twelve years old, blond as a 
Scandinavian, but very shy, and with an expression 
of wildness over his countenance. His father fell 
a victim of the massacres. He came to us filthy, 
and covered with tattered rags. We gave him a 
good Turkish bath, bought him clothes and shoes, 
and after dismissing a Smyrna orphan, who shed 
bitter tears at leaving us, presented him with the 
vacant bed and seat in the refectory and dormito- 
ry, Next day he expressed a wish to go, without 
giving any reason. We spoke persuasively to him, 
and he remained, The day after, as the children 
were all taking a walk, he escaped. Our janitor, 
after finding him in a khan, removing his new 
clothes to put on again his old clothes, brought 
him back to the Orphanage. Ashamed of himself, 
and mortified at his being caught and brought back 
as an escaped prisoner, he kissed our hand and 
asked our forgiveness. We forgave him, of course! 
The same night he tried to escape through a window 
of the second story, but, finding it too high, he was 
forced to give it up. Next morning we told him 
that he was not compelled te remain hers, Bod that 



he was at liberty to leave if he so wished it. He 
removed his good clothes, and put on once more his 
filthy rags. We bade him adieu and God's bless- 
ing. The poor boy is one of those many in the far 
interior who prefer a liberty which is a synonym 
of rags, filth, ignorance and danger, to that which 
is cleanliness, learning, civilization and safety. The 
Israelites sighed for the fleshpots of Egypt. A de- 
graded soul often sinks into animalism, and one 
needs only live here, or in the far interior, to be- 
lieve for himself how, under the sway of Moham- 
medanism, Christians even can become degraded, 
and be found clad in animalism. 

— To our great surprise, the boy of whom we 
wrote above, came back to us this morning, crying 
and begging to be taken back, which we did. He 
has found out for himself that roaming in the 
streets of Smyrna has not the same charm as roam- 
ing in the wild fastnesses of Armenia. We are 
glad for it, and believe that he will remain with us, 
be happy and find, some day, the Savior of the 
world, who loved him and died for him. The mor- 
al from all this is, that not all our orphans appre- 
ciate tow what is done for them, that it ought 
not to alarm us and cause us to grow cold in our 
interest toward the destitutes of this world, that 
for us now, our duty is to " cast our bread upon the 
waters," and believe that it will return to us "after 
many days." 

—We have good news from our Bro. Prothrom- 
us, in Philadelphia. He writes, that, for the pres- 
ent, he is occupying a room in a khan where he, 
every night, holds services, some eight or ten being 
present, One of our three members is still absent, 
and I am only awaiting his return, to go and visit 
them all, and, if possible, organize them into a 
church! G. J. Fercken. 



From Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 



In looking over the work of this place for the 
past year, many discouragements have met us in 
our endeavors to advance the Master's cause, but, 
when we look at the other side, there is much to en- 
courage the Lord's workers to press on in the noble 
work in which they are enlisted. 

City work requires a large amount of patience 
and perseverance, wiih implicit trust and confidence 
in the Lord. Even under most favorable aspects, 
it will be slow, but, if a solid foundation is laid, and 
the Lord's workmen are true and faithful, the 
building must go up. 

City work will depend largely upon the instruct- 
ing and indoctrinating of the children. From this 
source our success must come. Gather in the chil- 
dren, and train them up for the Master. 

Our Sunday school, — though perhaps not so 
large in numbers as some, — has been a success in 
interest, and wholesome instruction, under the effi- 
cient management of our Superintendent, Bro. J. K. 
Miller, who is always at his post, with a glad wel- 
come for all. 

The average attendance for every Sunday during 
the year was thirty-seven. The total collection 
was S32.02, making an average of 61 '/■ cents for 
each Sunday during the year. The sum of Sio 27 
was forwarded to the General Missionary Commit- 
tee, for missionary purposes, during the year. 

Our congregations at preaching, though not large, 
have increased, and considerable interest is mani- 
fest. Our weekly prayer meetings have been sea- 
sons of earnest praise and thanksgivings, and much 
wholesome instruction has been imparted by the 
brethren and sisters. Surely we have been made to 
sit together in heavenly places in these consecrated 
meetings. Their hallowed memories will not soon 
be forgotten. Chas, M. Yearout. 



Heaven helps those who help others. God is 
very present with those who dwell helpfully with 
others. God's hand takes hold of our work, when 
our work is done out of love in brotherly kindness. 
Diligent selfishness has the reward of diligence, but 
the curse of selfishness; diligent unselfishness has 
the reward of diligence and the blessing of heaven. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEZtTG-E^. 



From Florida. 

With the new year came a cold wave to the land 
of sunshine and flowers, which by no means was a 
welcome visitor. We are now, Jan. 10, enjoying 
delightful weather. Farmers are sowing oats and 
preparing for corn. 

We held our quarterly council at the Pine Grove 
church, Jan. i. Everything passed off very pleas- 
antly. We re-elected Bro. D. E. Bowman, Treas- 
urer, and J. I. Miller, Clerk, for the coming year. 
In the evening we held our love feast, which was 
very quiet and enjoyable. Twenty eight members 
participated. We had no visiting ministers. 

Jan. 2 we re organized our Sunday school at Pine 
Grove (which is our custom every six months) with 
Bro. D. E. Stover as our Supeiintendent, 

The Sunday School at Keuka was re organized 
one week eailier, with J. N. Overhul'z, Superin- 
tendent. 

I would like to suggest to our people who wish 
to locate in Florida and perhaps many other places, 
to be slow to purchase through real estate agents 
until they see the property. None of our brethren 
here are in the real estate business, and a few 
stamps sent to some of them would bring a true 
description of the country and save many dollars 
in a purchase, no doubt. C D. Hylton. 

Hawthorn^ Fla. 



From Waterloo, Iowa. 



— Ourt work moves along encouragingly, but not 
without the usual amount of hard work and attend- 
ant difficulties. The reason why city missions are 
not more valuable to the church, is, because they 
are not costing the church enough in either efforts 
or dollars. 

— November was spent in getting recruits into 
our Sunday school; December, in ca-ing for these 
twenty recruits, 

— This month we are again gathering in. So far 
twelve more have been enrolled. Christmas, at 3 
P. M M we listened to an appropriate program, well 
attended, and much enjoyed by the children. 

— Before Christmas fresh eatable?, from our 
country co-workers, found their way into seven 
different families belonging to our Sunday school. 

— !n two months, sixty-seven articles of clothing 
were distributed, including bed-clothing, 

— The Sunday school was re-organized at the 
beginning of the new year. 

— At our council, Jan. 4, arrangements were ef- 
fected, giving us a series of meetings in June. 

— A ten days' Bible Term is now in progress at 
the South Waterloo church, with a good attend- 
ance. Lydia E. Taylor. 

lie 2 South Si- , Jan 12. 



From the Northwest Baltimore Mission. 

The year 1897 is chronicled with one of the past 
years, in which the above mission wa3 crowned 
with success During the year there were seventy- 
five sermons preached, with an average attendance 
of fifty-three at each service. Seven were received 
into the church by baptism, five of whom were Sun- 
day school scholars. One hundred and eighteen 
scholars were enrolled in our Sunday school. 

On Sunday, Jan. 9. our Sunday school was so 
crowded that our Secretary and Superintendent 
had to stand during the entire session, and in al- 
most every class some of the scholars had to sit 
three on two chairs. 

The total collection in Sunday school for the 
year, was S)4 17. The amount of missionary col- 
lections, devoted mostly to home work, was S31 12. 
During November and December we received 
$49.83 in our Home Mission fund, for church lot 
and house. We now have SS16.80 in cash, and a lit- 
tle over S3C0 in subscriptions. 

Here we are, a congregation of forty one mem 
bers, without a churchhouse, without a minister or 
a deacon among us. Unable, of ourselves, to build 
a house, w; must look to our beloved Brotherhood 
for help. 



Dear reader, if the Brethren can succeed in " city 
missions'" with such unfavorable surroundings as 
these, and others not named, what might they ac- 
complish, with your help, under favorable circum- 
stances? 

Send donations for Baltimore church to the writ- 
er. J. S. Geiskr. 

itoy Edmondson Ave , ft n 10. 



Notes x from x out .* Correspondents. 

"As cold water to n thirsty soul, so Is good news Irom a far country." 



Cheyen 



day in January, and 
Although there were 
•n.—L. B. Lake, Jan. 



KANSAS. 
County Church.— We met in quarterly code 
:e letters were granted. The church decided 
end Bro Geo. H. Sharp as delegate to District Meeting.— 
E. Hiltabidcl, Atwcod, /Cans , Jan, 4. 

Ozawkle The Brethren of this place came to the Moi 

leasant schoolbousc on the first S 
preached ten soul-cheering sermons 
lecessions, much good ssed was 5 
/J- 
Parsons.— Jan. 2 Bro. S. E. Thompson, of Fredonia, Kans., 
.me here and held meetings one week, preaching, in all, nine 
rmons. Much interest was manifested during these meet- 
zs, and two precious souls,— a brother and sister, — were re- 
ived into the church by baptism.— Nora Rcnch, 23// For- 
( Ave., Parscns, /Cans., Jan. p. 

Alaple Grove Bro. A. C. Snowberger came to us Dec. 25, 

and preached for us the following week. He gave us ten ser- 
hich resulted in five ruing made willing to follow 
Three were baptized on New Year's Day and two to- 
day. One was received by letter. Last Saturday was our 
quarterly council. We are enjoying beautiful weaihsr.— Lau- 
1 M. Shuey, Rockwell City, /Cans , Jan.j. 
Monitor. — We met in quarterly council on New Year's 
Day. All business was disposed of in a Christian like spir- 
The church voted S'ooo to send the Messenger to some 
of her neighbors. We decided to hold a love feast May 7, 
P.M. Our Sunday school distributed $3 70 to the chil- 
, the proceeds of the same to be given to the Armenian 
Orphanage, The proceeds 



S4773 — M. ./. Mishlet 



ntbly 1 



fan. 8, 

Ozawkle.— We conven 

S, Mohler, of Meriden, Kaas., was with us. A call was 

ade for two brethren to fill the office of deacon. The lot 

11 on our worthy brethren, L. H. Replogle and Jacob Kintz, 

who were duly installed into office. Oar home ministeis are 

ducting a very interesting seties of meetings at the Mount 

asant schoolbouse, four miles west of town,—//. L, Brant' 

tne/l, Jan. S. 

Walton.— Bro. G. M. Lauver. of McPherson, Kaos., came 
a us Dec. 2-t, and remained until Jan. 2, preaching eleven ser- 
ious. As the words of Eternal Truth were held forth to a 
rowded bouse every night, it was noticeable that many 
ood impressions were made, and we trust that the good seed 
own will eventually bring forth a bountiful harvest. These 
/ere tbc only meetings we had here for six months, but we 
,ave an evergreen Sanday school with good attendance and 
merest; also prayer meeting every Friday night from house 
1 house- In this way the fourteen members, located here, 
keep alive in the good work for the Master, hoping that the 
will speedily come when we may be able to do more and 
better. We very mnch need an organization here at Walton. 
Daniel Shomber, Jan. 10. 

Lyndon.— Bro. C. H. Brown, the evangelist, or missionary 
for the Northeastern District of Kansas, commenced meetings 
t Lyndon, Dec. i\, and continued until Jan. 1 1 , preaching 
twenty four sermons. Two came oot on the Lord's side, and 
were buried in baptism. This is a mission point. Bro. B;own 
was sent there by the Mission Board of Northeastern Kansas, 
and, by appo ; ntment of the Board, had to leave just at the 
time when he ought to have remained, as bis congregations 
were first-class, with the best of prospects for more additions. 
About a year ago the writer commenced having occasional 
meetings there, which have been kept up by myself and oih- 
ers to the present. There are nine members living at that 
place. The "Christian" church kindly gave us the us: of 
their house, and the meeings have principally been held at 
the request of Bro J. A. Yearout, wh:s3 zeal for the Master's 
cause is untiring. — C. T. l/eckman, Carlington, /Cans., Jan. /j. 
Kansas City — Last November the members here were or- 
ganized with one elder, one minister, ens deacon and about 
forty members. The next day two were baptiz:d, Dec. 1 I 
commenced a series of doctrinal sermons, in tbe Chapel on 
the south side These meetings still continue with excellent 
interest. Thus far three have been baptized. One was a 
minister from the Christian Union, along with his wife. Two 
have made application, and three, who had grown weary, 
have been renewed. The prospects here are encouraging, 
and we hope to soon have a bouse of our own, as our pres- 
ent place of worship is too small. After an experience of ten 
years in city work, I am sure that it can be made a success. 
The same God that will answer prayers for the conversion of 
souls in the country, will answer them in the cities. Of course 
there are many discouragements to meet and overcome, but if 
we do the work in faith, the Lord will bless it.—/. H. Crist, 
Jan. 14, 



Fredonia.— Bro. W. B. Sell is holding forth the Word of 
the Gcspel in a country schcolhouse. Most of those who 
came were identified with other churches, Some said they 
never heard such preaching. Bro. Sell has got the people 
to thinking seriously along the line of the Truth— B. F. Mil- 

Meriden.— The Mission Board of Northeastern Kansas met 
in regular session at Lawrence, Kans., Jan. 3, 1808. There 
were several calls for help. The work at Kansas City, Kans , 
is promising. They are now trjing to make arrangements 
by which they can secure funds to build a meetinghouse. 
They wculd like to have more meetings at Lawrence. There 
are many ca'ls from places where there are but fsw members. 
One more dear soul has been baptized at the State Piiion. 
Oar missionaries re part fair interest at the isolated places and 
at some places the prospects are good for an ingathering. 
As a part of our plea to the members of our District, we would 
recommend that each one read the article by Bro. Tobias 
Hoover, in Gospel Mrssingbr of Jan. 1, page 11.—/. W. 
Moseir, Sec, Jan. j. 

INDIANA. 

Cedar Lake —Bro. John Killian, from the Little St. Joe 
church, began meetings here, at the No. 4 schoclhouse, Dec. 
24, and continued until Jan. 10. There were large congrega- 
tions and a deep interest felt. Twenty-three sermons were 
preached. Two applied for membership, and will be bap- 
tized in the future.— Cora Dragoo, Butler, Ind.,Jan. 11. 

Springfield.— Bro. Adam Eby, who has been in school at 
North Manchester, came home and gave us a series of meet- 
ings during the Holidays. He presented the Gospel very 
pla'nly. He is yet young in the ministry. The song service, 
conducted by Cassie Hollinger, was enjoyable, and tie meet- 
ings well attended.— Hattie Weaver, Cos/>ervillc, fnd.,Jan. 8. 

Bremen.— We have just closed a very interesting series of 
meetings, conducted by Bro. Alexander Miller, cf Union Cen- 
ter congregation. He preached for us nineteen excellent ser- 
moiis. The mectiDgs brgan Christmas n'ght and closed Jan. 
g, One dear sister felt the need of a Savior and was received 
into fellowship by confession and baptism, Others were al- 
most persuaded.— Jacob B Parker, Jan. /j. 

WNlJamsport.— We are still in the field, working for the 
Master. Our Sunday school is growing io interest and at- 
tendance. We also organized a you eg peop'e's meeting with 
sixty-three in attendance. We also contemplate holding a se- 
ries of meetings commencing Jan. 15 Bro. Wm. Harshbar- 
ger, from Ladoga, is to assist us. He is our elder in charge 
of this mi<s : on field.— D, M. Btubaker, Jan. g. 

Goshen —Dec. 11 Bro. P. W. Stuckman, of Nappanee, Ind , 
began a series cf meetings in Goshen, and continued for three 
weeks. Five were baptized, and we have five mnrp apnH- 
cants for baptism. Four were reclaimed. The interest was 
good throoghout the meetings, and the large hall was often 
taxed to its full capacity. Tbe members at this place seem 
to be much encouraged in their work and united in their ef- 
forts in the Lord's vineyard.— D. R Voder, Jan. 10, 

Muncie — Eid. J. W, Rarick preached for us at the fore- 
noon services yesterday, After the services we again re- 
paired to the water, where three more souls received the ho- 
ly ordinance of Christian baptism. In the afternoon we 
anointed one of our sisters who, seemingly, is near death's 
door. We begin our series of meetings to morrow evening. 
We hope to have help from the churches adjoining the city. 
Our place of meeting is 310 South High Street. A yard for 
learns is close by.— George L. Studcbaker.Jan. 10. 

Turkey Creek. — Bro. Dorsey Hodgden, of Huntington, 
Ind., commenced a series of meetings in the Gravelton 
churchhouse, Dec. 4, continuing until Dec. 26, preaching 
twenty-sine sermens. The attendance and interest were 
good, and the meetings closed with a large crowd. Although 
there were no immediate accessions, we feel that the mem- 
bers were greatly strengthened and encouraged. Dec. 30, at 
I P. M , wc met in quarterly council in Nappanee. Consid- 
ab'e business was disposed of in a pleasant way. — L. D. (71- 
ery, Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 4, 

PENNSYLVANIA. 

Tenmlle.— Bro. Jerry Bottorff held a short s;ries of meet- 
ings at the old brick church, closing Jan. 9, with fair congre- 
gations. The weather being very inclement, not many mem- 
bets could attend. There were no accessions to the church, 
but we believe some good was accomplished. The discours- 
es were very impressive. — Rebecca Grable, Beallsville, Wash- 
ington County, Pa., Jan. 10, 

Lost Creek.— Bro. E. D. Book commenced a series cf 
meetings at the Cross Reads church on New Year's Day, and 
continued until we had ten sermons. Though Bro, Brok suf- 
fered very much from throat affections, yet be wielded the 
Gospel Swotd with .power. The meetings were well attended. 
Though there were no accessions, we believe some seed fell in 
good ground. — /. B. Erey, East Salem, Pa., Jan. 10. 

Newburg.— B.-o. S. M. Stouffer is preaching a series of 
sermons in the Ridge churchhouse, and although ihe nights 
are dark and the roads extremely muddy, the meetings are 
growing in interest and attendance. Each evening a half 
hour is devoted to song service which is greatly enjoyed by 
the young people, Bro. Hollinger, of Washington, will hold 
some meetings in Sbippensburg soon— Wealthy A. Burkhold- 
er.Jan.14. 



Jan. 22, 18 



THE GOSPEL IMHESSEnsTCKER,. 



Chlqties—We received by baptism, duriDg the year 1S97, 
thirty-one sou's, and by letter nineteen, and reclaimed one. 
Seven of our number passed over the '"chilly waters;" ten re- 
ceived letters, and two were disowned, making a gain of twen- 
ty members. One midster was elected during the year.— 
Henry S. Zug, Jan S. 

BlgSwatara.-Bro. Hiram Gibble, of Lancaster Coonty, Pa., 
commenced a series of meetings in the Hanover Dais church- 
house, Dec. 24, and preached for us every night, Christmas 
and Sunday raorniDgs included, until Jan. 6. We had large 
congr gations. Good and soul cheering sermons were brought 
forth. Seven have made application for baplism.— Dorothy 
J. Aungil, Hoernentown, Pa., Jan. 8. 

Dunnings Creek.— On last Tue-day evening we closed a 
very interesting series of meetings, conducted by Bro. David 
T. Tetweiler, cf Salemville, Pa, who came here on Christ- 
mas and preached thirteen soul-cheering sermons. A more 
interesting meeting, I think, was never he'd here. Although 
there were no accessions, lasting impressioas were made. 
These meetings were held in the Holsinger meetinghouse. 
We have three regular places for preaching during the win- 
ter, and there are other places in our congregation where 
calls are made, but, on account of not having houses of wor- 
ship, and the ministerial force being weak, those points have 
to be neglected. God speed the day when we can do more 
for our dear Master!— Levi Rogers, Ryot, Pa , Dec. g. 
CALIFORNIA. 
Covlna.— Jan. 1 we convened in quarterly council. Pro. 
Edmund Forney and Jacob Wine, of Illinois, and Elias 
Smehzer, of Indiana, were with ui in our meeting. Two rrin- 
isteis and four deacons wer^ chosen. Bro. David Hollinger, 
of North Manchester, Ind,, gave us an excellent sermc 11 on 
Sunday morning. Oj Tuesday evening, at 7 P. M., h; will 
begin a Bible school at this place.— Clarence Overholtzer, 
Jan 4. 

Egan.— Oar love feast cc:utred on the evening of Dec. 25. 
Ministeri from abroad were A, Hutchison, J. W. Melzger and 
Edmund Forney. Bro. Forney officiated, Bro. A. Hutchi- 
son continued the meetings til! Jan. 2. Many good impres- 
sions were made. We met in quarterly council Jan. 1. Bro. 
S. E. Yoder was advanced to the second degree of the minis- 
try. We reorganized our Sunday school again for ihe next 
six months.— G. W. Priscr, Hemet, Riverside Co., Cal., Jan. j. 
Lordsburg.— Our quarterly council was held Jan. 3. Sev- 
eral visiting brethren were with us from the East, Among 
the number were Bro. Hollinger, of North Manchester, and 
Bro. Edmund Forney. Since our elder was absent, Bro. For- 
ney was chosen moderator. The bnsiness passed off pleas- 
antly. One letter was granted and six leceived. Bro. J. C. 
Whitmef was elected to the office of deacon. Bro. Andrew 
Hutchison begins a series of meetings in the College Chapel 
on Sunday, Jan. q.—A. Overholtzcr, Jan. 4, 

Los Angeles — The church at this place met in quaiterly 
council Saturday, Jan 8. We held the regular yearly ele 
cf Sunday school officers. Seveial members were added to 
the church by letter. Since our last report, six more 
united by baptism, making in a'l nice, while Bro. Hutcl 
was with us. Tie Mission Board has built a house of 
ship at the place where the mission schcol is located, which 
makes it much more desirable for continuing the work. 
Preaching services aie also held at this f lace. There is plen- 
ty of room for good, active workers, and we hope that those 
who think of coming to this State, will join us in the, cly.—L. 
C.HosfeldtJan 13. 

TENNESSEE. 
Mount Pleasant. — Bro. N. N. Garst, of Pleasant Hill, 
Tenn., commenced a series of meetings at our church on 
Christmas Day, and continued until Jan. I, preaching about 
thirteen sermons. Though Bro. Gatst is young in the minis- 
try, he does not fail to declare the Word of God in its purity. 
Seven were added to the church, — two by baptism, one re 
claimed, two applicants for baptism and two yet to be re- 
claimed at our next church meeting.— Fannie />'. Smith, Soli- 
tude, Hawkins Co., Tenn , Jan. 4. 

Blizzard.— I went on a mission of love Dec. 1, to Hawkins 
and Granger Coanties, Tenn., and Lee County, Va. We had 
forty-two meetngf, preached at eight places. Good attention 
was given to the Word of God, and we were well treated by 
all. Seven received the Word, and were made willing, by 
the Holy Spirit, to obey the Truth and be baptized. I get 
home Dec. 25. On Christmas Day we had meeting at the 
Knob Creek church. Two were baptized.— George C. Bow- 
man, Washington County, Tenn , Jan. 11, 

New Hope. — We now have eighteen members living in 
the bounds of this church. We have three ministers, — two in 
the first degree and one in the second. Bro. James Harp, who 
recently moved to our place from Paulding County, Ohio, is 
in the second degree. Brethren, des ; ring to come south, will 
find it to their advantage to visit this part of the South, as 
there are different places in West Tennessee, where Breth- 
ren are locating and churches will be built up, so that Breth- 
ren certainly can find conditions to suit them. — A, W, Oren, 
Lankjord, Tenn., Jan. S. 

MISSOURI. 
Mineral Creek.— Oar Spe:ial Bible Term, conducted by 
brethren C. E Arnold and E. Frantz, both of McPherson, Kans , 
was a success, We believe that it is much better to spend 
Christmas week in a Bible school, than in Holiday visiting atd 
financial pm suits.— Fred Culfi, Leeton, Mo., Jan. 3, ' 



Falrvlew.— J*n. 8 we met in church council. The business 
was adjusted in a Christian way. Two were received by let- 
ter, and one letter was granted. It was decided to have a Bi- 
ble class at the church once a week. Oa Sunday, at it A. 
M„ Bro. Abrarn Tyson preacted. After preaching one Un- 
der lamb came out on the side of the Lord. Then we went 
to the water-side, where nine young persons, that had united 
with us at a previous meeting, were buried with Chi 1st in bap- 
tism.— Nannie Harman, Denloiu, Mo„Jan. 10. 

Orand Va'ley.-On the evening of Jan. 1, the members met 
for onr quarterly council in Bro. D. M. Click's residence. 
Bro. Click presided. All business was done i 1 a Christian 
manner. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as fol- 
lows: Sister Etta Long, Clerk; Bro. T O. Click, Treasurer; 
Bro. Howard Long, Solicitor; and the writer as news corres- 
pondent and solicitor for mis ioLary funds It ii the desire 
and prayer of all, that any Brethren traveling through here, 
by way of Denver and Salt Lake, sbould s»top c ff and visit us, 
and, if ministers, preach for us. By notifying a few da>s 
previous, Bro. D. M. Click, Grand Junction, or H. H. Winger, 
Palisade, Colo, you will be met at the train.— H. if. Winder, 
Palisade, Colo, Jan. 3. 

Chivington. — Bro. Geo. E, Studebaker began preaching 
at the Chivington schoolhouse Jan 2, and continued each 
evening during the week, He also precched on Sunday, Jan. 
9, morning and evening-ten sermons in a 1, Tic doctrine 
cf the Brethren had never been preached in Chivington, there- 
fore it was new to the people here Bro. Studebaker dis- 
tributed a number of tracts and also 5. me copies of Messen- 
ger No, 49. The attendance was very good, the people 
seeued much interested, and we trust that tte s:ed sown may 
bring forth much fiuit! Bro. Studtbaker was well phased 
with the people here, ard especially wi h the large attendance 
and great inteiea the young men took in the meetings. The 
few members at this place were greatly siruigihencil and 
bui'.t up.— Lizzie Shoemaker, Jan. 10 



s the tli 
criptloii. Usually two weeks 
: subtcrlption ordered, 
nade then, WHITE US AT 
IV money was sent. Please % 



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NORTH DAKOTA. 

Red River.— On Sunday evening we closed an interesting 
series of meetings of two weeks' duration, conducted by the 
home m'nisters. The attendance and interest were gcod 
throughout. Our Scandinavian friends attended well. The 
wea'htr and roads were fi- e all through. Our Sunday school 
closed with the old year, with an average attendance of twen- 
ty-nine for the fourth quarter.— D. W. WclJ, Moyville, N. 
Dak , Jan. 11. 

Sweetwater Lake.— We met in regular quarterly council 
Jan. 6. We had a good attendance and a pleas:-nt meeting. 
Considerable business came before the meeting, but was dis- 
posed of to the :a isfaction of all present, Seven letters of 
membership were granted, and six were received by Mter. 
Among them was Bro. John Brooks and family, he being a 
minister in the second degree. His help is much needed 
here, in this new field. Our elder, J. C. Seiberr, not being 
pres;nt, Bro. S. N. Eversole, by request, acted as moderator 
of the meeting.— Isaac Wagoner, Crary, N. Dak., Jan 8, 

Enterprise.— The church at this place seems to be in a 
very prosperous condition, Nearly a'l of our ministers have 
gone east for the winter, leaving all the work for the few 
that remain at home. I am glad to say they are doing their 
work well. I was made to feel very sorry when we bad to 
close oar Sunday school. I pray that the day may not be far 
distant when we can have an evergreen Sunday school. The 
Enterprise meetinghouse is situated eight and one-half miles 
west of Cando, Four years ago you could not see a house 
anywhere, while now you will have to travel a good ways, to 
get out of sight cf houses,— Clara Alsladt, Cando, N, Dak., 
Jan. 10. 

OHIO. 

Springfield.— Eld, Noah Longanecker closed a one week's 
series of meetings in the Springfield church, Summit County, 
Ohio. Bro. Longanecker is an able expounder of the Gospel, 
—Jucob Mishler, Mogadore, Jan. 14. 

Covington. — Bro. D. S. Filbrun's meetings in our town 
closed on the evening of Dec. 2t with a good interest and 
a well fiiled house. Two were baptized during the meetings, 
and three since the meetings closed. In all, we have had eight 
idditions.— /. J. Roscnberger, Jan. 7. 

Painter Creek.— For some time our Sunday school has 
aken up one special collection each quarter for some be- 
levolent purpose, raising S3982 the past year, besides the 
egular donat o.is. All hearts seem to be touched, at pres- 
ent, in sympathy wiih the intense suffering and starvation of 
the Caban patriots.— Levi Minnie k, Jan. 10. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 

Beaver Run.— Bro. Jonas Fike began meetings for as at 
tbe Union scboolhouse Nov. 29, and continued till Dec. 10. 
Brc Fike preached with power, and the people gave marked 
attention. While there were no accessions, surely much good 
has been done, I am now engaged in a series of meetings in 
Frederick City, Md, I began Jan, 9.— Geo. S. Arnold, Bur- 
lington, W, Va.Jan.io. 



IOWA. 

Oarriaon.— Our series of meetings closed Jan. 2, with one 
addition. This church has been strengthened very much dur- 
ing Bro Htpes' labors here. He did his part well.— Lizzie R. 
Pugh, Jan. 4. 

Dallas Center. — Jan. 1 Bro. S. Goughnour commenced 
preaching for us. The same evening one ycurg man applied 
for admission to the church. Baptism was deferred till the 
following Wednesday evening, after services, when six young 
men, all but one in their teens, were received by baptism, 
while the moon was shining brightly over all. It was an im- 
pressive scene. Five of them were from one Sunday schcol 
class. One sisttr was reclaimed. Our meetings will close 
Jan. 12 — Geo. B. Royer,Jan. 10. 

NEBRASKA. 

Kearney— Eld. H. W, Strickler, from Lnraine. I.!., closed 
a two weeks' meeting in tie Wood River scboolhouse, Jan. 2. 
The congregations were quite small, He gave us some fotd 
for thought. He went from here to Imperial, Nebr, Eld. J. 
L, Suavely, now working under the auspices of the Mission 
Board, stopped me night with us recently, while on his way 
to the Northwest.— E. M. Snavcly, Jan. 7, 
ILLINOIS. 

Cerrogordo.— Our quarterly council convened Dec. 30, at 
which an election was held for a minister, and resulted in ihe 
calling of two, instead of one, The lot fell on breth:en J. M. 
Shively and W, A. Gara, Tfaey have not yet been installed, 
Sunday school officers were appointed for the first six months 
of this j ear.— R. E. Burger, Jan. 6. 

Pleasant Hill.— The Bible School at Pleasant Hill, conduct- 
ed by brethren Chas. Gibson and Ji In Leer was a proaounced 
success. Sixty scholars were enrolled. The meetings, con- 
ducted hy Eld. M. Flory, continue with growing interest, 
At this date six have been received by baptlsu, and others nre 
near the kingdom. In addition to these results, the member- 
ship is being established in the frith of the Gospel, thus 
brightening the prospects of the church.— James Wirt, Vir- 
den, III., Jan. 12. 

WASHINGTON. 
Centralia — Nov. 21 we commenced meetings in Klickitat 
County, Wash. I preached forty-three sermons at three pla- 
ces and held one council and one prayer meeting. There 
were no additions to the cburrh, but there were some who, 
we ttink, were almost persuaded. At our council the Brcih-, 
ren decided to build a churchhousc next summer. We found" 
the members alive to tbe work. What they need most is a res- 
ident minister. The work now is carried on by yy; District 
Mission Board. We expect to commence meetings at Grand 
Mound, tomorrow. There is free Government land in Klick- 
itat County, near where they expect to build the church.— 7, 
U. G. Stiverson, Oysterville, Wash., Jan S. 
OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 
Mount Hope.— An inte:estirg series of mee'ings, lasting 
three weeks, has just closed at this p'ace. Bro. N. S Gripe 
did the preaching with much earnestness. Six were baptized, 
and others were much imprers:d. Our quarterly council was 
Dec. 30. We elected Charley Highland as our Sunday school 
Superintendent. Our Elder, J. O. Brubaker, has not been 
able to do any preaching for some lime, on ac ount of hoarse- 
ness. Bro. F. B, Landts has been doing some preaching in 
the mission field of ttis District. There are many calls for 
the Gospel in this Dislrict, and only a few to do tbe w. rk.— 
E. L. Brubaker, Acton, Okla. T.Jan, 10, 
IDAHO. 
Nez Perce.— On Saturday, Jan. I, we te'.d our first quarter- 
ly council. We bad a very pleasant meeting and business 
was disposed of very satisfactorily. We decided 10 hold reg- 
ular preaclrng services in town every Sunday morning, at it 
A. M., prayer meeting each Wednesday evening, and cong 
service on Saturday evening. The winter, thus far, has teen 
very mild,— the coldest weather being two degrees above zsro. 
The temperature averages about twenty degrees above ze-o, 
— John M. Cox, Jan 3. 

OREGON. 
Rogue River.— We met in quarterly council at the Talent 
churchhouse on New Year's Day, with Eld. David Browcr 
presiding. All business was pleasantly disposed of. Ne?/ 
officers for tbe coming year were appointed. One member was 
added to the church by letter,— a mute. We bave now fifty- 
seven members. We have changed our Sunday schcol from 
three to ten o'clock. We have preaching every Sunday at 
eleven o'clock, — Mary Webster, Talent, Ore., Jan. 7, 
LOUISIANA. 
Uayden. — Jan. 4 Bro. Wm, Bingaman, of Laplace, 111., 
accompanied by his niece. Sister Susie Bingaman, and Bro. 
S. A. Honberger, came here to give bis Bible Land talks and 
t lessons. He closed to-night a s:ries of seven talks, to 
large and appreciative audiences. He also gave us a good 
sermon on Sunday. Bro. Honberger gave a good talk on Sun- 
day evening. We hope these efforts will do much good!— E. 
W.Pratt, Jan. II. 

ARKANSAS. 
Tornmore.— We met in quarterly council Jan. 1, with Bro. 
J. W. Gephart as moderator. Tbe business was disposed of 
with the best of feelings. We raised some money for Gener- 
al Mission work. Brethren Gepbart and D. G. Buckrosn did 
some good preaching. Some are almost ready to unite vith 
us. The meeting closed with good interest.— P. W. Daniel, 
Curtis, Ark., Jan, 8, 



THE GOSPEL HyEESSEnSTGEE.. 



Mission Receipts for November. 



Wheeler, Thomas, lOots, ; K. 1 . Keni, 

Iowa -Sister L. Chapman nut! daughter, 

Adcl $5 I."; <i slater, ivester, |5j total 

Md- The Lord's tenth, 

Misn.-A brother aucl Bister, Greenlenf- 

Ari/. —aioodale cliurob, 

KANB.— PflBOOdy 3. *.. $1.15; Conwny 8, H„ 
|I; Monitors. 8., il; Claytte Weirlck, Wleh- 

LA.-C.rolloe Do Haven, Roanot", 20Cts.; 
Lewis Mliinlx, Uontioke els.; Eftrl Mln- 
nls, Roanoke, 7 em.; Lnlo HonuiTger, Kaon- 
oko. 07 oontB; total 

Mo.— Cora, stump, Nevada 

Total, Jl 

INDIA MISSION. 
[Used only lor the mission In India.) 
P\.— Amanda Roddy, JolinBtown, *2; Bit- 
ter Mary E. Klnzle. Now Paris, *5; D G. 
BlieHenborger, MoAlllstervillo, Jl; u sister, 
llnrl'-yi'V ill>', Hi ■'• M - Kaeny, Port AUe- 



jm, -Kiiamrl \ Alley Ch„ 85 ( 

Fair Vlow i-H.i * 

juvenile H. s. o!089, Oart t^eek H. S., |i; 

total, ■ ' 

OHIO — \ Bistvr, Urt.vion, r.u i-ts.; dlara A. 
Holloway. Zai.eBvllle, f!; Wolf Creek B. *., 
S7 01; Lower Twin oh., 15.00; ri Muter, ( -nss- 
town, |1; Amos Homer, New Uedlord, |1; 
Lafayette ohnroli, I1.S6; total 

Iowa.- Dry Greek h. 8,. 16.06; Franklin 
i innty B.S.,8TotB.; I'pprr Iowa River cli., 

111.— Susie Forney, Chicago, |1; Arnold's 
Grove th., *■">; Annelta Yarger, OrangeYllla, 
•;'■■ a sister, SutBonvlUe, II; total, 

ASA.— B, J. Keherand wife, Hollywood,*!); 



Why are the means not forthcoming? Is it be 

;e of unbelief? If so, what is the cause o 

unbelief? Four thousand dollars look 

big, but when apportioned to 80,000 members 

leaves but a nickle 



i not pay that? How many can pay r 



the individual. Who 
c? 



Geo. Buciiek. 



Mechanic Grove, Pa., Jan 



A Worthy Example. 

I commenced to take the Gospel Visitor 
in ,g 57i -_ SO oii after I united with the church. 
I continued while it was published under that 
name, and also after it was changed to the 
Christian Family Companion. I also took the 
Pilgrim. I acted as agent for the three publi- 
cations, and also subscribed for the Brethnn 
at Work. Now, since the Messenger is our 
only paper, I think it excels them all. I send 
it to every member in our congregation that 
says he wants to read it, and is not able to pay 
for it. I also send it to some, not members, 
where I think it will do good. 

John B. Miller. 

New Paris, Pa., Dec. 2Q. 

i amazing amount of good might be 
! there a number of this kind of 
agents in every community! Tiiey would get 
the Messenger into the hands of thousan 
of the poor members, as well as those who '. 
not members. — Ed.1 

From the Manassas Church, Prince 
William Co., Va. 



[embers attended our meetings regularly. 

/e were not a little surprised to learn that 

leir minister had failed to preach to them the 

whole truth, as we have it revealed to us in the 

Bible, and yet they had been paying him to 

preach to them what they thought was the 

ruth. A goodly number of the people of that 

cinity can not read, hence they are the more 

sily kept in the dark. 

But the enemy was not idle. The next thing 
: tried, was to circulate a report that the 
eetings were discontinued, and that we had 
>ne home. The language of Paul to Ely 
{Acts 13: 10) would apply favorably to 

but one thing proved to be true, that, if 
God be for us, who can be against us? Bio, 
Light gave the people sound doctrine, witt 
ch power that men and women were madt 
say, " We never heard it on this fashion." 
We also distributed the Brethren's tracts 
and did some visiting through the day. Tak 
ill into consideration, our meetings were 1 
ess, and, by judicious management, mud: 
good may yet be done. After holding fifteen 
leetings, we left for home on Friday, Jan. 7. 
Samuel W. Taylor. 
Spring Grove, Pa., Jan. 10. 



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Total ' 

SUMMARY, 

1S77. 1 

World-wldo Missions, 11,238 09 I 

Asia Minor Mission 51 « 

India Mission 120 61 

Smyrna Orphanage, 171 M 

Washing"" Mi-i'tl»(jhou30 8* 

Book and Tract Fund, 380 00 

India Orphauage 18-103 

Mbssbnukii Poor Fund 28-15 

Sufferers In India, 178 07 

Number of tracts Bent out, . . 48,978 21,300 

CORRECTION FOR OCTOBER. 
In the World-Wide Mission Fund the Ji'.TQ cred- 
ited to S. H. Workman, Ankneytown, Ohio, 
should have been credited to the Owl Creel; 
church, Ohio. _ _ 

QKB. MIBB. AND TBAOT OOK. 



took up a collection 
lission, amounting to S9.46. W 
Christmas service at Cannon 



Thanksgiving 
for the home mission 
lso had 
Branch. 
Our regular quarterly council occurred Jan. 
Next day our Sunday school went into 
winter quarters,— I am sorry to say,— for three 
iths. We had addresses by Bro. W. E. 
ip, of Maryland, and our young minister, 
W. K. Conner. To-morrow night we expect 
meet to organize a Bible class. 
One of our Sunday school teachers gave 
mes to seven girls, and they brought back 
.co, which they will give to the Washington 
ission. This amount will be swelled to prob- 
. Two of the little sisters 
If little girls can do so 
not do if we would try? 
eek we had the pleasure 
nding a Bible Normal, at Brentsville, 
Va., under the auspices of the faculty of the 
"Prince William Normal." Bro. Albert Hoi- 
linger, of Washington, D. C, was present, anc 
gave several interesting talks. The last nigh* 
ten-minute talks were given on eight live top- 
ics, interspersed by singing. Bro. Roop 
preached for us at Bradley, on Sunday, J; 
J- 
Manassas, Ya.Jan.5. 



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UELP.— At Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 22, 1897. Bro. 
John Delp, aged 32 years, 1 month and 21 
days. Bro. Delp met his death at the hands of 
colored man, who struck him over the head 
ith a shovel. Bro. Delp was at his work as a 
loulder, with the Dayton Malleable Iron Com- 
pany, and was stooping over a flask, when he 
ed the fatal blow. He leaves a wife and 
nail children. The negro is in the hands 
of the law. Services, Dec. 24, by brethren W. 
I. T. Hoover and J. W. Beeghly, from 1 Sam. 
,. 3. Elmer Wombold. 

MYERS.— At Burbank, Cal., Dec. 28, 1897, 
Reuben Aldus Myeis, son of Orville and Ella 
Myers, aged 4 years, 5 months and 2 days. 
Services by the writer. P. S. Myers. 

ODELL.— Two miles north of Bassett, Iowa, 
Dec. 20., 1897, of lung fever and jaundice, 
friend Charles B. Odell, aged 47 years. De- 
ceased came to this country sixteen years ago, 
from New York. Thirteen years ago he mar- 
ried Miss Jennie Granger. To them four chil- 
dren were born,— two sons and two daughters, 
One son preceded him to the grave. Services 
by Eld. Charles Poland, of the M. E. church, 
from 1 Cor. 15: 55- J- H - Huffman. 

BRUMBAUGH.— Near Kent, Ohio, Dec. 18, 
1897, Jacob Brumbaugh, aged 61 years, 8 
months and 14 days. He left his home in 
good health, and went to the station, to take the 
train to go to Ravenna. Soon after the train 
started, he died on the seat. The train was 
id backed down to the station, 
body was left, and examined by 
eral doctors, who claimed his death came 
by heart failure. He leaves a wife and four 
children. Services by Bro. David Young, as- 

sted by Frank Green, a Disciple r 



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CORL.— In the Yellow River church, Mar- 
shall Co., Ind., Dec. 10, 1897, Sister Mary 
Corl, aged 66 years, 4 months and 5 days. She 
born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Aug. 



Shei 



tiage 1 



B LOUGH. 



Our Stop In Washington. 






Between Christmas and New Y 

H. Beahm and family, at Brentst 
During the week Bible lessons we 
which proved beneficial to me. On 
home, on Jan. I, we stopped off a half-day 
Washington, by request of Bro. Albert Hollin 
ger, the minister in charge of the mission 
During our stay two sisters were baptized. 

I was favorably impressed with the simplici 
ty which the members manifested. I do not 
mean that there is no room for improvement, 
that room is everywhere, and is the largest 
the world,— but when a " little one," like my- 
self, comes to the chief city of a great nation, 
and is so heartily greeted by the members 
there. I think there must be some primitive 
Christianity in that place. There is a strong 
desire in the Washington church for the plain 
country members to associate and worship with 
them. This is as it should be. 

Their need is a meetinghouse, owned by the 
Brethren, but sufficient means are not at hand 
yet. It really seems " penny-wise and pound- 
foolish " to pay nearly S;oo a year for rent, 
simply for want of a sanctuary of our own, 



From Cumberland County, N. J. 

Because of a call from friend Oscar and Sis- 
ter Piersons, living in Cumberland County, N. 
J., the Home Mission Board of Eastern Penn- 
decided to send Eld. H. E. Light, of 
Mountville, Lancaster Co., Pa. Sister Pier- 
is the only member here, and lives fifty 
s or more from any organized church of 
Brethren. She made arrangements for 
holding meetings in a schoolhouse close by, by 
permission of the school board. 

Dec. 25, by request, I accompanied Eld. H 
E. Light to the home of Sister Piersons. Hei 
husband, Mr. Piersons, has been an invalid for 
ten years, and unable to leave his bed. The 
first appointment was made for the same ev- 
ening, at 7 o'clock, but a sudden change in the 
arrangements took place only two hours before 
meeting time. A messenger was sent, by au- 
thority of the school board, to inform us that 
of the house had been denied us by 
the school board, they having been influenced 
by a certain minister of some other denomina- 

We, however, had come to stay, and we did 
stay. Friend and Sister Piersons opened then 
had meetings at any rate 
The congregations were small at first, but con 
tinued to grow, buth in numbers and in inter- 
est, night after night, until we had good con 
gregations. 

Notwithstanding the minister, above re 
ferred to, also opened meeting 



cussed with ability and cle; 

matrimonial- 



SWITZER— BUSTLE— At the residence 
of Mr. Dodd, near Liberty, Va., Dec. 26, 1897, 
by the undersigned, Bro. Chas. E. Switzer and 
Georgia V, Bustle, all of Fauquier Coun- 
ty Va . Andrew Chambers. 

GARBER — WAMPLER. — Near Green, 
mount, Va., Dec. 23, 1807, Bro. Samuel L. Gar 
ber and Sister Maggie A. Wampler. 

J. \V. Wampler. 

HAYS— CARNAHAN— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Jan. 2, 1808, by the under- 
signed, Bro. Charles Hays arid Miss Nora 
Carnahan, both of Fandon, 111. 

S. S. Hummer. 



uel Corl, Aug. 15, 1850. To this union were 
children— three sons and four 
daughters. Services by Bro. J. H. Sellers, 
from Rev. 14: 13. Alice Yoder. 

BECKNELL.— In the Bethel church, Mil- 
ford, Ind., Dec. 27, 1S97, bister Ufcta. My- 
mer Becknell, aged 80 years and 9 days. She 
was born in Somerset County, Pa., Dec. 18, 
1817. She was a member of the church for fif- 
ty-four years. For a number of years she was 
an invalid. Services by Eld. W. R. Deeter, 
from Rev. 14:13- 

Chauncey I. Weyb 



FALLEN t ASLEEP 



' Ul," 



1 vvl.L. 1. . 



. tl.L- !..[.]." 



tile away, a goqdly number of his best I yo 



LAYERING— In the Salem congregat 
Stark Co., Ind., Dec. 14. 1897, of diphthe 
Lydia Alice Lavering, aged 10 years, 8 months 
4 days. Deceased was the daughter of 
Brother and Sister John Lavering. Services 
by Bro. Abraham Ferrcl, from I Cor. 15: 55. 
LOVINA ZuMBAUGH. 

FLANNERY— Within the limits of the Bau 
go church, Ind., Dec. 12, 1897, Sister Cora E 
(Sailor) Flannery, aged 22 years, 5 months and 
23 days. She united with the church in th< 
spring of 1893. She was married afew months 
before her death, but had not yet left her par- 
ental home. Services conducted by brethren 
H. M. Schwalm and J. Metzler. Text, " Weep 
but weep for yourselves and for 



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of Peter and Mariah Ganshorn, aged 35 
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Services by the writer and Bro. Isaac Frantz. 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL.— 

Items .6S. n. 

Reports from the Churches 

Twenty Years a Babe 

Eastern Hospitality . . . . 

POETRY.— 

True. By Elizabeth Akers Allen, 

Longing and Listening. Samuel W. Duffield, D. D 

Entering in. Selected by Elln G. Famous 

ESSAY DEPARTMENT.— 

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The Filth Beatitude. ByT. T. Myeis, 

Funerals. By Enoch Eby 

On the Way to India— No. 0.— By S.N. McCann 

Wanted! Ten Thousand Emigration Agents. By Goo, L. McDon 
augh, 

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Biographical Sketch ol Eld. David Long. By Emincrt Rowland, . . 
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,- 

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Salvation. ByJ.S.Flory ~. 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

The Christian Warlare.-Eph. 6: 10-20 ■ 

THE YOUNG PEOPLE,— 

Ruined Citi 

The Study oi Hymns. By Marguerite Bixler 

Occupation 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT, 

Items 

Mission Work.— Its Success Predicted in the Psalms.— No. , 

HOME 

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Unexpected Sermon 

Honest Beauty 

The Husband and the Wile, . . . . 




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For some time there have been fears of a serious 
disturbance in Persia, There is a great scarcity of 
food, and an excessive issue cf copper coins oper- 
ates to make the real necessities of life dear. At 
first it was thought that the new Shah would suc- 
ceed in harmonizing the political elements, allay 
the turbulent feelings of the masses and pave the 
way for bettering the condition of his country. In 
this his subjects have been disappointed, and an 
outbreak of considerable importance is expected 
among some of the Southern tribes, Russia is 
watching the situation from the North and has of- 
fered the aid of troops in the event of a disturbance, 
Then it is well known that Russia would like to ex- 
tend her influence Southward so as to reach the 
Persian Gulf. England, ever on the alert, is in a con- 
dition to aid with her Indian troops from Bushire, a 
point on the east side of the Persian Gulf. Persia 
is weak and corrupt almost in the extreme. Her 
people are sadly in need of education. In fact, 
there are few countries where culture is more neg- 
lected. The tendency of the whole country is 
from bad to worse, and thus it will continue so long 
as the masses are held under the influence of 
the Mohammedan system. Everywhere there is an 
absence of enterprise or anything else calculated to 
better the condition of the masses. A few Chris- 
tian missionaries are doing a noble and self-sacrific- 
ing work in parts of Persia, but they are hampered 
in almost every way possible, and at times much 
persecuted. Could the whole country be brought 
under Christian influences, educational methods en- 
couraged and the general interests of the people be 
kept in view, this part of the world might be made 



a delightful region for the most cultured and pros- 
perous of people. But without Christianity it must 
ever remain uninviting. 



If a year ago a physician of eminence had said 
that a human being could live without a stomach he 
would have been laughed to scorn, for next to the 
heart and lungs the stomach is considered absolute- 
ly essential to existence. But it is now being 
demonstrated that a person can live, work and even 
enjoy good health without this particular organ. 
But just how long he can thus continue remains 
to be demonstrated. On examination the stomach 
of a Swiss woman was found so diseased that Dr. 
Carl Schlatter, of Switzerland, determined to re- 
move it. He did so, joining the parts above and 
below the stomach so they would grow together. 
Nine days after the operation the patient was eat- 
ing milk, eggs, etc. There were for a time unfavor- 
able symptoms, but the woman gradually grew 
stronger, and when last heard from, Die. 9 three 
months after her stomach was removed, she 
seemed to be in good health, had a good appetite, 
ate regularly and was going about her household 
duties, feeling better and happier than she had felt 
for some time. No one knows just how long the 
woman may live in this condition, but her case is 
being watched and studied with a good deal of in- 
terest, Some suggest that nature may be forming 
a new stomach. Should this lady live for years, we 
shall hear of more attempts at removfngthis organ. 
There are thousands of people who would like to get 
rid of ths stomachs that they have abused until 
they become the cause of a great deal of suffering. 
We wonder if people generally pause to consider 
that they must one of these days render at ihe 
judgment an account for abusing not only the stom- 
ach, but any other organ of the body? 

Just at this time the situation in Cuba is more 
excitipg than it has been for a year. Congressman 
Hitt, who, by the way, hails from Mt. Morris, made 
a speech last week that produced a decided sensa- 
tion, both in America and Europe. He is known 
to be the trusted counselor of the president in mat- 
ters relating to the Cuban affairs, and what he had to 
say was received as the next thing to a message 
from the Chief Magistrate himself. Mr. Hitt 
urged Congress to desist from taking any special 
steps regarding Cuba, as the President was pursu- 
ing a policy that must shortly manifest itself most 
clearly, and it would not be wise to throw any ob- 
stacles in his way. Several war vessels are an- 
chored at Key West, and the press \; full of ru- 
mors. What all this means we cannot tell, but it 
certainly cannot mean war. Considerable rioting 
has been going on in Havanna, and the excite- 
ment is running high, not so much about the Cu- 
bans, as about the Spaniards themselves. It looks 
as though Spain is going to have more trouble with 
her subjects than with her enemies. In the mean- 
time, relief supplies are going forward to General 
Lee, and he is distributing them to the needy, so 
that hundreds are receiving aid and will be kept 
from starving. But in spite of all the efforts now 
made, hundreds must perish before food can reach 
them. While war is cruel, we are glad that Chris- 
tians need not take part in it. But it should be a 
source of comfort to us to know that we can aid in 
feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. 

The struggle in Central Africa, on the part of 
England and France for more territory, has reached 
an exceedingly interesting point. England is push- 
ing her conquest up the river Nile, hoping to ex- 



tend her territory far enough south to connect with 
the parts she possesses in Southeastern Africa. If 
she succeeds in perfecting her plans, the backbone 
of the Dirk Continent, extending from north to 
south, will be under English control. France, who 
s ever ready to hamper Great Britain in every way 
possible, is moving a force through the center of 
Africa, from the west, hoping to take possession of 
the upper Nile region before the arrival of English 
troops, and thus prevent England from bringing to- 
gether her possessions. It is believed that the 
French have already reached the Nile, and are 
rapidly moving down the stream, while the British 
forces are coming up. The meeting of these two 
forces is not likely to lead to fighting, but it will 
probably settle the limits of the territory to be con- 
troled by each. And, unless some unexpected 
thing should occur, England's plan for uniting her 
possessions in the north and south must fall through. 
On the east of Africa, at the mouth of the Red Sea, 
France owns a large port (Obok) and gulf, and 
would now like to extend her possessions from the 
Nile on east to Obok, but Abyssinia is in the way, 
and is likely to so remain. With the Nile the move- 
ment upon the part of France must end, for the 
present, at least. The conduct of these two great 
nations displays a wonderful greed for more terri- 
tory, not so much for the purpose of doing good as 
for getting rich and gaining more power in the world. 
England, however, is a better civilizer than France, 
and in her efforts at securing a3 much territcry in 
Africa as possible, has the sympathy and support 
of most Christian people. 

For the last ten days the excitement in France 
has been intense. It grew out of the Dreyfus case, 
referred to a short time ago. D.eyfus, a wealthy 
Jew, and an officer of rank in the French army, was 
charged with selling to Germany information re- 
specting military plans, and banished to a lone 
island where he is confined in a huge iron cage. 
The Jews, as well as many others in France, main- 
tain that justice has not been shown the wealthy 
Hebrew. One of the influential Jews charges some 
of the high officials with unlawlul conduct in rela- 
tion to the matter, and thousands demand a new 
trial. All this, and much more that we cannot 
mention here, has enraged a part of the French 
population, and great mobs parade the streets of 
some of the cities, persecuting the Jews and de- 
stroying their property. In Paris considerable dis- 
turbance has been going on for several days, 
Mobs parade the streets, crying, " Down with the 
Jews." In places the stores belonging to the Jews 
are broken into and much of their property de- 
stroyed. It tests the strength of the police force 
to keep order and protect life and property. This 
is a strange spectacle to be witnessed in an enlight- 
ened republic, where. a Jew is thought to have ss 
good a right to live and do business as those of any 
other nationality. At Algiers the situation is still 
worse. Strong mobs parade the streets, denounc- 
ing the Hebrews and destroying their property. 
Bloody-street fights are quite frequent, In one of 
these conflicts three Frenchmen were killed, and 
thirty Jews wounded. These mobs invaded the 
Jewish quarters of the city, and attempted to wreck 
their places of business. The disorder was too 
great for the police force, and troops were ordered 
to the scene of disturbance. The troops had to 
charge the rioters repeatedly with drawn swords 
and fixed bayonets. Many arrests have been made 
and the authorities seem determined to protect the 
Jews and put an end to the disturbance. 



TIHE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Ja 



29, 18 



•ESSAYS 



I The following poem is noteworlhy not only for its beauti 
but for the remarkable fact that its words are all monosylla 
bles. Toe poem appears to have been written without ; 
thought of its verbal peculiarity I 

The fair, frail blojms which loved the sun 



In yen tall tree, now bleached and thinned, 

A nest swings frayed and lone, 
All seated with rain and rent by wind- 
Its fair freight Hedged and fbwn. 
Where are the birds, the moths, the bees, 

And scores of glad free things 
Which thronged the ground, the grass, the trees. 

Or thrilled the air with wings? 
Gone with the warmth, and bloom and light 

Bom of the sun and sky, 
Ere yet there fell this grief and blight, 

And the chill nights drew nigh, 
On the lo 

When days \ 



ched the gate 



1 that ha: 
Dto:ps, all tt 



1 fcr song. 
Shom of its fruit, still clings the 

tts fair robes torn and sere, 
No tint is lelt, njr sound 

Of all that June held d> 
But here, where down thi 



gti 



The 



c lu'd i 



One 



ugh the 
ir with ; 



As one brave heart, when all the truth 

On earth seems dead or lost, 
Still keeps the faith and fire of youth, 

And smiles in spite of frost. 
Ah, tin ugh the friends 1 once held dear, 

Are far, or false, or down, 
I need not grieve, for you are here, 

My hope, my love, my ownl 

- Elisabeth A kit 



THE KINGDOM OF QOD. 



BY C H. BALSBAUGH. 



We cannot escape from our environment. It is 
ordained of God, and for most beneficent purposes, 
"It is not good for man to be alone." Even God 
is a trinity, and no less a perfect unity. This is 
the ideal of all being, individual and social. 

To be like God, in personality and relation, is the 
standard of the universe. " I and my Father are 
one." John 10: 30. "That they may be one, even 
as we are one." John 17: 22. The race is not an 
aggregation, but an organism. The principle that 
binds man to man is not policy or self-interest, but 
the life that constitutes the Triune Godhead one. 

The adhesive, conservative power of humanity 
is a divine gravitation. "Am I my brother's keep- 
er?" is the root of sin and the essence of hell. 
Being, love, holiness, are the essential facts of di- 
vinity. Man is the miniature duplicate of God. 
Sin is the erasure of the Divine Image. The in- 
carnation is its restoration in the Son of Mary, as 
the type of all mankind. No salvation but in the 
realization of this mystery, "Be not deceived: God 
is not mocked." Bastards and hybrids enter not 
at the gates of pearl. " Ye must be born again,"— 
"born of God" "Without holiness, no man shall 
see the Lord." Heb. 12: 14. External relation- 
ship is no proof of internal identity. "The Spirit 
itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are 
the children of God." Rom. 8: 16. To lack this 
we stand in jeopardy every hour." 

The kingdom of God is not primarily an organi- 
zation, but the dominance of a principle, the reg- 
nancy of a life, and that life very God. The 
church is the form or mode in which this kingdom 
is established on the earth for the consummation of 
the divine purpose in Christ Jesus. The true 
church is not counted by number?, but by quality. 
Half a dozen of Smyrna saints are mighttfer than 
ten thousand of tepid Laodicean professors. There 



is great dagger that we may rely unduly on numer- 
ical scholastic and symbolical incidentals. May 
God multiply our " little flock "to millions and in- 
crease our learning a thousandfold, and keep us 
very jealous of the ordinances of grace: but infi- 
nitely above all, may He be to us in Christ Jesus 
our "wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification 
and redemption," 1 Cor. 1: 30. 

Our connection with Him must be as vital and 
direct as that of the branch with the vine. John 
13: 4. We will not truly represent Christ to the 
world, nor gralidly fulfill our mission, until the sub- 
lime, pathetic prayer in John 17: 23 is individually 
realized. 

When interrogated, "people have no hesitancy 
in avowing their membership in the church, but ask 
them whether they are in the kingdom of God, or 
whether they are Christians, and the answer is du- 
bious and evasive." This is a startling fact. The 
church of Chist has no right nnr possibility of ex- 
istence save by His indwelling as "the Author and 
Finisher of faith." If regeneration may not be as 
unequivocally determined as generation, Christian- 
ity is the greatest, most unaccountable delusion in 
the history of the world. Nothing of which we 
have any knowledge, by history, observation, or 
consciousness, is so pronounced, so absolutely un- 
deniable, as the incarnation of God. Christ is the 
supreme fact of the universe. "\n fJim dwelleth 
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." In Him 
we are complete, Col, 2: 9, 10 This high calling 
of Cod in Christ Jesus we are slow to apprehend 
and exemplify. Philpp. 3: 14. Nothing lower does 
God offer us for ideal and attainment than Him- 
self, as revealed in His Incarnate Son. The same 
Holy Ghost that overshadowed the elect virgin and 
fashioned the embryo Christ, and developed Him 
unto manhood, and sustained Him on the cross, is 
the Originator and Perfecter of our religious life. 
Heb. 9: 14 and 13: 20 are complementa! of Luke 
1: 35, The "lecause" in John 14: 19 is (he link of 
transmission from Christ to Christian. No soul 
enters the crystal doors of the upper sanctuary 
save through the Blood of the Lamb. " The blood 
is the life,"— the life of God. Acts 20: 28. The 
first step is, "/>'.' it unto me according to thy word." 
Luke 1: 38. The culmination is reached in John 
17: 5, 24 The life of Christ means what He is, in- 
trinsically and expressively. The kingdom of God 
is His absolute rulership over souls. 
Un'on Dipml, Pa. 



THE FIFTH BEATITUDE. 



BY T. T. MYERS, 



! the 



ercy.' — 



ful: for they shall obt; 
Matt. 5:7. 

The merciful, throughout the Bible, are the ac- 
knowledged recipients of God's special favors and 
blessings. God delights in those of a merciful spir- 
it. Love, like a friend, visits those who are well, 
while mercy, as a physician, visits those who are 
sick, to minister unto them, 

God's mercy to us is inexpressible. When we 
were dead he came to us to call us to life, and now 
when we are sick he comes to heal us. When we 
are helpless he helps us; when we are disconsolate, 
he comforts us; when we are in soirow he gives us 
joy. 

We often merit severe divine judgment and pun- 
ishment, but mercy intercedes for us and we are 
spared. Surely, we who are the constant recipients 
of God's mercy, should ever be found giving out 
mercy to others. 

1. Be merciful to the names of others. Every- 
body has a right to a good name. Everybody 
ought to help everybody else to have a good name. 
A good name is sacred property and should be 
cherished and guarded and kept. God hates the 
spirit in a man that leads him to speak against his 
fellow man, and endeavors to destroy his influence 
and power for good. Two enemies of good that 
need to be fought and slain every day, are envy 
and jealousy, One business man has marked suc- 
cess, His neighbor, a business man, succeeds not 



so well. He cannot lcok with pleasure upon the 
success of his neighbor, He is jealous and envi- 
ous. He begin; to talk about him and run down 
his business and actually gives birth to the report 
of dishonesty in his business brother. Gcd hates 
such a spirit and such actions. A minister gets 
along well in his work. His brolher minister, who 
ought to help him, seeks to curtail his power and 
influence. God hates such a spirit. No wonder 
that he so signally blesses a merciful, kind, helpful 
spirit in man. Mty God rid us elders, ministers, 
deacons and lay-members of all envy, jealousy and 
hatred, that we may be merciful and kind and help- 
ful! 

2. We should be merciful to the offenses of oth- 
ers. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, 
ye which are spiritual, res f ore such an one in the 
spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou 
also be tempted." Gal. 6: 1, "Let him that is 
without sin, cast the first stone."— fesvt, A good 
sister said to me, " I find so much occasion to ex- 
amine and judge myself that I neither have time 
nor disposition to examine and judge others." 

Generally those who are most inclined to judge 
and condemn others, are least inclined to pass 
judgment upon themselves. If we have a proper 
appreciation of our own weakness and sinfulness, we 
will be quite charitable and merciful toward others. 
Such a spirit, too, will commend us to the mercy 
of God. 

3. Mercy asserts itself in behalf of the estates of 
others. Among God's people there is no dispo- 
sition of the stronger to take advantage of the 
weaker. They have no desire to push a man to the 
wall, financially, and then sell him out. They who 
have the good spirit of God seek ever to protect 
and save another's name and estate. Surely a man 
who appreciates God's mercy toward him will be 
merciful toward the man over whom he has legal 
power. When a person is down, either financially, 
or morally, or religiously, mercy comes not to bind 
him down tighter, but to help him up again. 

4 Mercy exercises herself in supplying the wants 
of others. Some one is in need of cheer, ..or bread, ,' 
or shoes. Mercy seeks such to help them. Mercy 
is an angel of sympathy and help. The highest 
tribute given Mrs. Hays at the time of her death 
was that of a little bootblack, who said, " Mrs. 
Hays was an angel long before she died." This ex- 
pression was invited by her kindness and helpful- 
ness to those in need. 

5. The merciful are deeply moved for the souls 
of others. God's peop'e must be a missionary peo- 
ple. Their salvation came by his mercy, and now 
he seeks to extend his mercy, through them, to 
others also, 

Brethren, we must pass on the invitation. Sal- 
vation is for the world. Pity the lost, pray for the 
lost, work for the salvation of the lost. Your chil- 
dren, friends, neighbors are out of Christ. Have 
real, active mercy for them. Pity the heathen. 
Fly to their rescue! God bless our missions and 
missionaries! 

Philadelphia, Pa, 



FUNERALS. 



BY ENOCH EBY. 



We get an occasional good article in the Gospel 
Messenger on the popular sin of extravagance, so 
common at funerals, in preparing a sumptuous 
feast at the house of mourning, to be eaten on 
the return from burial. Such articles are timely 
and in place. We should have more of them on 
the sin of sumptuousness, especially at funerals. 
The time-honored custom of blending the house 
of mourning and the house of feasting, merits a 
sharp reproof and the disapprobation of all in- 
telligent, and especially Christian people. The 
former will come to all in due time, and will do 
us good, as the heart is made better. Eccl. 
7: 3. The latter is of doubtful propriety, to say 
the least. 

A frugal meal for those who come a distance, 
and others who have performed the necessary la. 



21), 1 8 



THE GOSPEL MESSEUGEB. 



67 



bor, is perfectly right, but sumptuousness is wrong 
at any time, and nowhere more unbecoming than 
at a funeral. 

But why criticise the practice of feasting at the 
house of mourning, and pass unnoticed the expen- 
sive and vain display secured at the undertaker's? 

The habiliments for clothing the body for buri- 
al, and the casket in which it is laid, often costs 
very much, more than a Christian burial would de- 
mand. While we insist upon a respectable burial 
of the body, conducted with Christian decorum 
upon Gospel principles, we maintain that costly 
and vain display should be studiously avoided, and 
especially so when the life of the deceased was in 
harmony with the teachings of the Gospel and ex- 
ample of the meek and lowly Savior. If the dead 
would be edified by employing any such doubtful 
measures, as expressive of honor or sympathy, we 
would see more propriety in doing so, and the same 
could be said of the costly monuments erected in 
many of our cemeteries. It is a practice common 
to this age, and still on the increase. That the 
resting place of our friends should be modestly 
marked, I presume, no one will deny. We consid- 
er it a duty; Christianity demands it. It is only 
the abuse, or excess of the practice that enters in- 
to this line of thought. That the present practice 
on this line results in evil, I think, will be admitted 
by all. Let us ask a few questions and seel 

i. Is it consistent to place a stone or monument 
at the grave of a meek and lowly saint, costing 
from one hundred to one thousand dollars? Con- 
sistency is a jewel that belongs to Christianity, but 
is not found when thus exemplified. 

2. Who is benefited by it intellectually, morally, 
or religiously? Not one. One class may be, some- 
what, financially. 

3. Whose money are we spending? The Lord's. 
We have none of our own; we are only stewards 
over that which he has given us. 

4. Are we responsible for the use we make of our 
money? We certainly must give an account of our 

, stewardship, and the Lord wants all that we do not 
absolutely need, to forward his cause. 

5. Does it damage any one? Yes, a good many 
financially; hence more or less morally and relig- 
iously. 

6. How much are we using unnecessarily? This 
is hard to .calculate, but nationally it reaches the 
billions; as professors of religion, millions; so far as 
it concerns us, and as a church, or Brotherhood, 
multiplied thousands. What will the judgment be? 
If the hungry are not fed, the naked not clothed, 
and the poor have not the Gospel preached to 
them with that money, will we do it, or will we 
continue to waste? Which? "Wherefore do you 
spend money for that which is not bread." Isa. 
55:2. 

Booth, Kans. 

ON THE WAY TO INDIA.— No. 9. 

BY S. N. McCANN. 

A Walk About the Holy City. 

Modern Jerusalem is a city of mixed races and 
mixed religions. It is a busy, bustling Eastern 
city, with narrow, dirty streets and many wretched- 
looking people. The new part of the city, extend- 
ing north and east of the old city, is much cleaner 
and more homelike than the part within the walls, 

It is not, however, of the modern city that we 
wish to write, but of the city of the past, — the city 
that lies sleeping in the dust over which we tread 
as we walk through and around the Holy City. 

It is not the history of the city of the past that 
we examine, but the tombs of her dead. Nothing 
seems more wonderful to us than these silent mon- 
uments of the past. 

It is not an isolated tomb, here and there, that is 
shown and named after some of the honored ones 
who once figured in the history of God's chosen 
people, that most interests us, but it is the name- 
less graves that are seen almost wherever you go 
in this land of Sacred Story. 

There is the tomb of Absalom, of Jchoshaphat, of 



David, of Rachel. In Hebron we have the graves 
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and at Nabloos that 
of Joseph, but when we go into the valley of dead 
bodies, where we visit the so-called tombs of the 
Kings, and the many tombs here and there, about 
the city and country, we are made to faintly realize 
the amount of work and the expense that it took 
to prepare these rock-cut chambers. 

When we remember that none but the very rich 
could have afforded this vast outlay for tombs, we 
realize that beneath our feet are the bodies of a 
host of God's people. 

When the dead are called forth, what a scene will 
the hills and valleys round about Jerusalem pre- 
sent! These rock cut tombs, though very numer- 
ous, point to a much greater number of unmarked 
graves. They tell of a numerous population that 
has dwelt here in ages past. 

When we look out upon the barren hills, rocky 
beyond description, we would be inclined to doubt 
the Bible statements, in respect to the many peo- 
ple that once lived and battled here, but when we 
look into the silent tomb?, unnumbered tombs, and 
then think of the multitude of unmarked graves, 
we are made to realize faintly a picture of the 
teeming multitudes that once dwelt in this land. 

We were made to wonder, whenever we would 
think of the length of time and the amount of work 
put upon even one of these tombs. How much 
greater the work upon a set of tombsl 

One has but little idea of what these grea^, rock- 
cut chambers are, until he sees them. 

We first visited the so-called tomb, of the kings, 
situated north of the city. We went down a flight 
of 25 steps, the steps being about 27 feet wide, cut 
into the solid limestone rock. We are now about 
27 feet below the surface of the rock, and to our 
right and in front of us, there are large cisterns cut 
into the solid rock. To our left we enter a door 
into an open court, about S5 or 90 feet square, and 
30 feet deep, — all cut out of the solid rock. In 
the southwest corner of this court there is a niche 
or recess in the rock, which is so arranged that it 
may be closed by a rolling stone, which is resting 
in a groove, cut in the rock, Through this hole we 
enter a chamber about 20 feet square. There are 
four openings in this chamber, leading to other 
chambers which open into numerous tombs, — all 
cut out of the solid rock. We give but a feeble 
idea of the extent of this great, rock-cut home for 
the dead, yet, when we visit the many, many tombs 
of a similar character, though less extensive, we 
are lost in wonder and surprise at the greatness of the 
tombs and the patience of these ancient workmen. 

We find these rock-cut tombs not only about Je- 
rusalem, but about Hebron, Bethel, Nabloos, Miz- 
peh, and, indeed, all through the land where we 
have been. 

As we look at these tombs we catch a vision of the 
past, a funeral procession is passing. We hear the 
sad wail of the mourners, while we look. In the 
course of years the dead and those that mourn 
their loss are buried. Thus the generations come 
and go, leaving only here and there a trace of their 
existence. 

We look at -these marks of former generations, 
and wonder who chiseled these stones and who 
made these tombs their last resting place, but we 
turn away, realizing that soon we shall join their 
number, and the generations yet unborn will stand 
where we stand, wrapt in wonder as they ponder 
the sealed mysteries of this mysterious land, and 
especially cf this mysterious city. 

Die. 11, 'p7- ^ 

WANTED I TEN THOUSAND EMIGRATION AGENTS. 

BY GEO. L. MoDONAUGH. 

We want ten thousand emigration agents from 
among the readers of (he Gospel Messenger, to 
assist in distributing literature, and to use their in- 
fluence in the interest of " Homeseekers' Excur- 
sions to Free Homes in Heaven." How many 
times have some of us been asked for the names 
and post-office addresses of our friends and rcla- 



9, by parties who wished to mail them literature 
on the subject of " free homes " here in this life? 
And how many times have the publishers of the 
Gospel Messenger requested its readers to send in 
the names of their friends and relatives, so that 
they might mail sample copies of the Gospel Mes- 
senger to them? And how many of us have ever 
complied with the request? Echo answers, How 
many? 

The first thing that will be expected of new emi- 
gration agents is, that they take their pencil and 
a sheet of paper, and immediately jot down the 
names of a few of their friends and acquaintances, 
who do not take the Gospel Messenger, and send 
the list to the publishers of that paper, with the re- 
quest that they mail sample copies to these people. 

Another thing that would be a good idea for us 
all to do (even if it requires a small sacrifice on our 
part) is, that we each enclose a few cents or a few 
dollars to the publishers, with the request that they 
add the amount to the fund they use for sending 
the Gospel Messenger to parties who are finan- 
cially unable to subscribe for the paper. Then, 
there is still another way of getting this home- 
seekers' literature out amongst people who have 
never heard of the Gospel Messenger. While the 
regular subscription price of the paper is Si 50 per 
year, which is very cheap for as good a religious 
paper, still the publishers have a rule that, where a 
regular subscriber or reader of their paper wishes 
to donate the Gospel Messenger to some person 
who has never taken it, the party so disposed can 
send S1.00 with the name and post-office address 
of his friend, accompanied by the statement that 
this is a donation, and the paper will go for one year, 
and no person, except the publishers and ourselves, 
know anything about it. The publishers have sev- 
eral times spoken of the large number of papers 
that are sent out this way every year. 

Now the readers will see that any one, who is in- 
terested in his friends joining these ''homeseek- 
ers' excuasions," and securing "free homes" in 
heaven, can become an active emigration agent at 
once. Of course it is expected that every one who 
undertakes to work in this business will make nini- 
self familiar with the plans of these "homeseekers' 
excursions" by daily reading a portion of the 
homeseekers' " Guide Book" or " Book of Rules," 
that has several times been mentioned in previous 
articles on this subject. In the words of the Apos- 
tle Paul to Timothy (2 Tim. 4: I, 2), we should bear 
in mind that each and every one of us will some 
day be called on to answer for our stewardship of 
the talents that have been given us, while we were 
here on earth; and if there is any one of us who 
failed to read the article published on page 791 of 
the Gospel Messenger, published Dec. 11, headed 
" A Question," that we hunt it up and read it, And 
if that will not show us that we should all become 
emigration agents at once, and try to do something 
to help on this cause of securing " free homes " in 
heaven, by every one of the human family, it is 
hard to tell what would have any effect. 

There is another point. All who start as emigra- 
tion agents in this cause, should bear in mind: An 
excursion is always supposed to be something 
pleasant, — not a funeral procession, — and we all 
should try to meet our friends and acquaintances 
with a pleasant smile and a warm hand-shake, 
showing that we are enjoying a pleasure in feeling 
that we have joined one of these homeseekers* ex- 
cursions, and that, in the words of the poet, we are 
truly feeling what his words express, viz: 

"Oh, how happy aic they 
Who their Savior obey.' 1 

Now, as we journey along with this Homeseekers' 
Excursion, we will find many who have never heard 
of the Gospel Messenger, and the liberal premium 
offer of a fine, leather-bound copy of the "Home- 
seekers' Guide" or "Book of Rules," which, with 
the paper for one year, can be secured for such a 
small sum as $2 75. And as these persons have 
money, they will not only take a copy of both the 
"Homeseekers' Guide" and paper for themselves, 
but also will take a copy for a friend. Then there 



THE GOSPEL MESSIElsra-EIR,. 



Jan. 29, 1898. 



are others who have the " Homeseekers' Guide" 
who will be glad to subscribe fcr the Gospel Mes- 
senger, so as to keep posted as to the number of 
people all over ihe world, who are dai'y and hour- 
ly joining one of the Homeseekers* Excursion par- 
ties, either in (his land of Bibles, cr in some other 
portion of the world, for active emigration agents 
(who have left home and kindred to spread the 
news of these Homeseekers' Excursions to these 
free homes in heaven) are doing good work. 

Now, hoping there will be no difficulty in secur- 
ing a large number of emigration agents from 
amongst the readers of the Gospel Messenger, 
who will not only take hold of the work at once, 
but will continue faithful until ' they can read their 
title clear to mansions in the skies," we will close 
by saying, May God be with each and every one of 
us as we read the foregoing article, and enable 
all our readers, for themselves to take hold of 
this Homeseekers' Guide Book with the intention 
and prayer to study it daily, until they shall one 
and all thank God for the day they enlisted as emi- 
gration 3gcnts to work in the interest of "Home- 
seekers' Excursions " to " free homes " in heaven, 

Fkdadepkia, Pa, 



MORE PASSOVER ARTICLES WANTED. 



In the doctrinal issue of Dec. 4, Bro. A. Hutchi 
son gives us a treat that arouses our appetite for 
more of the same spiritual food. Concerning the 
meal that Christ ate with his disciples in the upper 
room, he says it may bs safely called the Lord's 
Supper, and it may, with equal propriety, be called 
passover. This clean cut statement in the Mes : en- 
g2r has thrilled at least one heart with joy, and we 
hope it is the beginning of a new era in our teach- 
ing concerning the passover. In our zeal to es- 
tablish the validity of a full meal for the Lord's 
Sapper and to distinguish between that meal and 
the Jewish passover, we have tried to disconnect 
the name passover from Christ's meal and make it 
-.cluslvcly to the Jewish passover feast. 
But have we done wisely, and is Christ's ordinance 
improved by withholding the name that he applied 
to it? I ask a careful reading of Mark 14: 14-18 
j.nd Luke 22: S-16, We know there is a way of 
explaining all these Scriptures to make the word 
" passover" appear to refer to the Jewish passover, 
and yet have a meal eaten by Christ and his disci- 
ples that was not the Jewish passover, but it re- 
quires a longer stretch of imagination to com- 
prehend it than the ordinary mind is capable of, 
a> the writer, with many others, has experienced. 

When Chtist said, " Go and prepare us the pass- 
over that we may eat," the logical conclusion is that 
he intended to eat a passover, and this conclusion 
is confirmed by his emphatic statement, "Where 
I shall eat the passover with my disciples," hence 
if we say he did not eat a passover with his disci- 
ples, we have a discrepancy between his saying 
and doing that cannot be satisfactorily explained. 
When they were in the act of eating, how im- 
pressive and inspiring his language concerning the 
new institution, "With desire I have desired to eat 
this passover with you before I suffer," In less 
than twenty-four hours he must expire on the 
cross, and his death must fulfill the type of the Pas- 
chal Lamb and take away the Jewish passover, 
and in its stead establish and ratify the Christian 
passover ordinance. "He taketh away the first 
that he may establish the second." Heb. 10: 9. 

This being the period of transition from the 
J -.wish to the Christian dispensation, and Christ's 
last supper time, it was his last opportunity to in- 
stitute the Christian passover, hence, how intense- 
ly significant and important his desire to eat this 
passover with his disciples before he would suffer! 
" For I say unto you I will not any more eat there- 
of until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." 

With the first institution of the passover in the 
land of Egypt, it signified and typified a fulfillment 
in the kingdom of God. It was instituted for a 
memorial of the event of the destroying angel pass' 



ing over the blood-mark-rd houses of the Israel- 
ites. This passing over of the angel is a type of 
God's justice passing over the sins cf every soul 
washed in Ch'ist's blood by faith and obedience. 
This type was perpetuated under a passover ordi- 
nance suited to the Mosaic law until the law was 
fulfilled by Christ's death. From this time on it 
must be continued under an ordinance suited to 
the Gospel dispensation, "And this day shall be 
unto you for a memorial and ye shall keep it a 
feast to the Lord throughout your generations. 
Ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever," 
Ex. 12: 14. 

"Forever" would indicate until its final fulfill- 
ment. The Mosaic law was administered by the Le- 
vitical priesthood, but with Christ's death the law 
was fulfilled, the priesthood abolished and the Gos- 
pel dispensation ushered in with the risen Christ as 
the high priest, who had previously instituted a 
new law with a Christian passover ordinance. 
" For the priesthood being changed, there is made 
of necessity, a change also of the law." Heb, 7: 12 
The passover ordinance, both Jewish and Chris- 
tian, culminates in Christ, who was the lamb slain 
from the foundation of the world. "For even 
Chiist our passover is sacrificed for us." 1 Cor, 5: 
7 His death on the cross fulfilled the type of the 
Paschal Lamb, and prepared a spiritual feast for his 
followers with the assurance of a final and ultimate 
passover in the kingdom of God. 

Here the Christian passover steps in to typify 

r point forward to the great passover of Christ, 

hen he will gird himself and make them to sit 

down to mrat and he will come forth and serve 

m. Luke 12: 37. 

Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
*dom prepared for you from the foundation of 
the world." Matt. 25: 34. This will be an aclual 
realization of the passover, as it was realized and 
typified back in the land of Egypt, in that memor- 
able night when the destroying angel passed over 
the blootf-marked houses of the Israelites and slew 
the first-born in every house of the Egyptians. 
Every soul, washed in Christ's blood, has the prem- 
ise of pardon, which is, in reality, Gad's justice 
passing over our sins. It is God's passover. Sal- 
vation comes to us only by the passover. We can- 
not met it it, God, in mercy, passing over our sins, 
is the ultimatum of the Christian's hope of eternal 
life. Passover is the one volitional act of God, 
upon which our eternal glory and happiness de- 
ends. 

I admonish Bro, Hutchison, with every other 
linister and teacher in our Fraternity, to preach 
and teach the Christian passover. Call it "Chris- 
passover " because Christ called it " passover " 
and instituted it for the Christian. It inherits the 
name "Christian." Call it "Lord's Supper," be- 
cause it was Christ's last and special supper, and 
Paul calls it "Lord's Supper." Call it "feast of 
charity," for such it is, and Jude calls it "feast of 
charity." Call it the "Lord's passover" because 
that is what it signifies and typifies, but please do 
not reject the name " passover." Let us cherish it 
as the representative name of our only hope of sal- 
vation, — Gods justice passing cvtr our sins. May we 
dive deeper and deeper into this fathomless abyss 
of God's eternal love, is my humble prayer and 
Amen, 

West Cairo, Ohio. 

REMARKS. 

My special object in writing the article to which 
reference is made, was to have that question care- 
fully considered by our people. That the Lord did 
order a passover in the time of Moses, we have no 
doubt. That the lamb then killed and used, point- 
ed significantly to Christ, the Lamb, who was the 
victim for our sins, v/e all agree. There was a meal 
eaten at that time by the Lord's people, and that 
meal was called passover. There, doubtless, was 
a reason for this. That lamb was to be "without 
blemish," so was Christ without sin. The lamb, 
then slain, pointed to the time when Jesus should 
come to suffer for his people, and hence pass 
over,— passing over from a promise to the fulfill- 
ment of it. When Christ was here, he ate a meal 



with his disciples, which he calls "passover," be- 
cause it points jo a grand event, which was yet to 
come, when he should come to receive them unto 
himself, and net only serve, but feait with them, 
which is implied in the expression, " I will not any- 
more eat thereof, until it te fulfilled in the king- 
dom of God." Luke 22 16. 

There should be no confusion in the mind of the 
Bible student, as to the time of killing and eating 
the passover lamb under the law, and the time 
when Christ celebrated his passover meal with his 
disciples. Jesus and his apostles ate their passover 
at the beginning of* the fourteenth day of the 
month, and then he died near the close of the 
same day. Then the type was fulfilled, the Jewish 
passover was ended, and the Christian passover be- 
gan. So we look forward with joy. 

A. Hutchison 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ELD. DAVID LONG. 

BY EMMERT ROWLAND. 

Perhaps few people have been as widely known 
in our brotherhood as the late David Long. 

He was born of German parentage, in 1F20, in 
what is known as Manor congregation, Washington 
County, Md. r in a fertile section of the beautiful 
Cumberland Valley, a rustic district, such as would 
naturally produce a noble character and a forceful 
disposition. 

His grandfather, Isaac Long, lived ab^ut the 
middle of the seventeenth century, and adhered to 
the River Brethren faith. Although never an or- 
dained minister, he loved to exhort and would 
often conduct services in his own house. 

His father, Joseph Long, a deacon in the Breth- 
ren church, married Nancy Rowland, a descendant 
of the Shively family, who migrated to this country 
from Germany, He raised a family of eight ch 1- 
dren, all of whom became members of the church, 
and the three sons ministers. They were Imrnanu- 
el, Joseph and David. While his children were yet 
young, at home, he adopted the admirable custom 
of each asking the blessing at meai. c , by turn. 

Of this noble ancestry sprang the subject of cur 
sketch. He received only the rude education of- 
fered by the country schools of his day, but living 
in a rural district, and brought up by Christian par- 
ents, he gathered wisdom found only In nature's 
school, and learned the law of love by obedience, 

He soon grew up to manhood, and with him grew 
the shining graces, which made him amply fit for 
the useful life before him, He united with the 
church in 1S43, while yet a yourg man, was soon 
placed in the deaconship, and, at the age of thirty, 
was elected to the ministry. On the very day of 
his election his wife, Mary (Reichard) Long, was 
dangerously ill, at the point of death. Much sym- 
pathy was expressed fcr the young preacher, who 
was now, according to mortal view, to be left alone 
in a work so important. She recovered, however, 
and iived to sustain and strengthen him in his new 
responsible duties, 

He commenced preaching in due time, and at 
once showed the marks of an able speaker. He ef- 
fectually filled the offices of first and second degree 
until the death of Eld. Jacob Highbarger, when he 
was made bishop in his stead, of what is now Man- 
or, Beaver Creek, Berkley and Hagerstown congre- 
gations. The congregation afterward being divid- 
ed, he remained bishop of Manor congregation, un- 
til his death. He died Jan 23, 1T97, in his seventy- 
seventh year. After a few days' illness he passed 
peacefully away. The funeral was held two days 
later, the services being conducted by Eld. D. F. 
Stoufifer, assisted by Eid. E. W. Stoner. Interment 
took place in Manor cemetery. Close by the chap- 
el, where he spent many seasons of labor and joy, 
is a grassy mound, to which those, who knew him, 
approach with reverent step, pause, drop a tear and 
call him blessed. 

He raised a family of eleven children, all cf 
whom are members of the Brethren church save 
one, Five sons and six daughters looked to him 
for instruction, and seven ministers call him father, 



Jan. 29, 1S9S. 



THE GOSPEL MESSBNQEB. 



69 



Four of his own sons are 1 
ville, York, Pa, Walter 
Victor, at home. E'd. 1 
Md., E'd. Divid Kendij 
Eld. Seth Myers, Altcona 



nini iters: Joseph and Or- 
S., Tyrone, Pa, and D 
ili Yourtee, Brownsville, 
, Bridgewater, Va , and 
Pa, are sons-in law. 



As to success in life, if wealth and fame can be 
called such, he never attained to it; for he never 
trod ambition's way, nor was his life tainted with 
the direful traits that attend her With his family, 
hii care, his service to his Gsd, hz cared little for 
the outside woilc; bat with meekness was content 
with his let. He never sought the company of 
men of rank, but descended to men of lew estate. 
The friendship he displayed made him easily ap- 
proached, a comfoit for the unfortunate, a fountain 
of wisdom to the inquiring. While his friendship, 
perhaps, was not so easily secured, yet, when once 
obtained, was lasting. 

Though of a submissive nature, he always con 
tended for his rights and the rights of others, and 
his rebuke, though severe, was ever tirr.e'y. His 
presence quieted the vain and foolish, eased the 
pain of the sorrowing, and lent grace to his feiiow 
worshipers. He loved the association of his breth- 
ren and friends, and sought pleasure in pleasing 
He was much a'tached to his family, and many 
were the seasons of joy when children, grandchil- 
dren; nieces and nephew?, assembled in the home 
of the one whom they loved. They enjoyed his 
welcome greeting, his wise instruction and his kind 
admonition. His life was ere devoted to the 
church, — one to stand for primitive Christianity 
and one to prove the assertion, ''The world knows 
nothing of its greatest men." 

Bro Long frequently represented his D;str!ct on 
Standing Commit'ec, and, because 01 his recog- 
nized ability, as peace-maker and counselor, was 
sent on many committees, in behalf of the church. 
He took a g'eit interest in the young, and, espec- 
ially during hh late year?, assisted in forming Bible 
classes and improving our church music. 

He wielded a wide influence over his brethren. 
He would " eat no meat " to sive his brother cause 
to offend; and was carefulto adjust all differences 
arising between the brethren. Always at his post 
he spared no means to forward the principles of the 
church. He lived to serve and no labor was too 
hard, if done for the welfare of tfte church. No 
sicritice was too great if for her Increase. To this 
untiring zeal and labcr to keep the rbek united, and 
free from the enemy, is largely due the growth of 
the church of which he was made overseer. 

Weaknesses he may have hid. As "error is the 
lot of mortals," we look not for them lest we fall 
into error more erroneous. Among worldly men, 
during life, he was known only as Divld Long, and 
a wise counselor, but when death called him from 
their weak vision, they said " Adieu," and called 
him the "distinguished divine." 

As a speaker he was noted for his forcible reason- 
ing, plain speech, and for adapting himself to his 
audience, so as to agreeably meet the wanls of his 
hearers. He was ever wont to command the'r re- 
spect and attention. 

Four sors be?r his likeness, as well as that of 
their Master, over four States cf the Uaion, and 
wherever his footstep hes been, live the many 
deeds his willing hacdi found to do. 

Such is the life of one who, though dead, yet 
speaketh, and who can tell the abundance of such a 
harvest? 

Hazersiown, Md. 



If there were two masters requiring exactly the 
same service, it would be possible, that, by serving 
the one, both would, to some extent, be served, so 
it is plain that the opposites are here referred to. 
The subject under consideration is 'service'' and 
" car?," and the thought is introduced to show that 
whenever the service is rendered, the care can be 
expected. If we serve God he has promised to 



far 



nd if 



-»THB * SUNDAY * SCHOOL-^ 



LESSON LIGHT-FLASHES. 
Cur Father's Care.— Matt. 6: 24-31. 

Lesson jor February 6, 1S9S, 

The lesson opens by stating a thing which no 
man can do. — serve two masters at the same tt 
This, however, is somewhat modified by a later 
statement, in which it is said: "No man can serve 
God and mammon together," which arc opposite 



look to mammon to give us the needed care, so all 
we have to do, in determining to whom we shall 
render our service, is to decide who will serve us 
best. 

If mammon, or the world, can give vs as much or 
more than God can give us, we had better give our 
service there. But, through sad experience, we 
have learned that both our bodies and souls have 
needs that the world cannot give, and, ^s the world 
cannot supply these nee^s, we must go to God for 
them. Wc do this by giving him our service, and 
placing ourse'ves wholly in his care. Doing this, 
we have the promise that he will care foru?. If we 
have done thi=, and fully believe in the promises 
made, the thought is, why be zo anxiously con- 
cerned as to what will happen, where our daily food 
will come from, cr how we shall be clothed? The 
life that the Lord has given us is more than meat, 
and our bodies were made for a higher purpose 
than simply to be clothed. Att?nd to the higher 
purposes and duties, and God will Pee that these 
things of so much less importance, will be attended 
to. 

The trouble always has been, that men and wom- 
en have been more concerned about their food and 
clothing than about the spiritual life and welfare of 
the sou). Our faith in the promises is not strong 
enough to enable us to trust as we should. We try 
to do too much in our own strength. 

That we may lean less on our own strength and 
wisdom, and more on the Lord, this lesson is given. 
In enforcing t^e lesson, Christ gives two illustra- 
tions; The fowls of the air and the fbwers of the 
fkld. .The fowls of the air do not sow nor reap, 
neither do they gather into barns, jet they are fed 
oy the Heavenly Father, and are we not much 
better than they? We certainly are, because all 
things were made for the good and pleasure of 
man. God hath highly f xalted us above every oth- 
er creature that he hath made, in giving us an im- 
mortal soul, and making such ample provisions for 
our future good. Now our Mediator, the Christ of 
our hope, reasons in this way with us: If the Father 
so cares for the fowls, which were made for our 
pleasure, will he not, in a much greater way, care 
for us on whom he has bestowed so much consider- 
ation, and for whom so great a sacrifice was made? 
The mode of reasoning used is certainly ve r y 
strong, and ought to be conclusive, without a dnubt. 
But to make the assurance still stronger, we have 
this additional evidence: "Consider the lilies of the 
field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they 
spin. And yet X say unto you, that even Solomon, 
in 3ll his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." 
" Wherefore, " he says, "if God so clothes the grass 
of the field, which to day is, and to-morrow is cast 
into the oven, shall he not much mere clothe you, 
O ye of little faith?" 

Can we not all say, "Yea, Lord, we believe that 
thou wilt?" This is the way he wants us to feel, 
and if we have any faith at all, we ought to believe 
at least this much. 

And yet, notwithstanding all our saying that we 
believe, do our actions 2nd our words bear testimo- 
ny to cur faith? We only half believe; at best 
seemingly so. 

We, perhapr, do not really doubt the premises of 
God, but we often seem over-anxious to help him 
carry them out. In other words, we seem to say: 
" Lord, we will try to take care of ourselves, and 
when we fail, or come short, we will be glad to have 
you help us." 

But this is not the way we should feel. O-ir rela- 
tion to God is as was our relation to our parents, 
when yet children. We locked to them to care for 
us, to see that our food and clothing were provided. 
But while we did this, we did what we cc-uld in hav- 



ng these things provided. The Lord causes the 
seeds, grains, etc , to grow and be grown for the 
fowls of the air, but their p3rt is to find it, and 
get it for themselves, The Lord has net made 
them to perch on the limb of a tree, or to sit in 
their nests, and then bring their food to them and 
cram it down their throats. They must use the 
possibilities which have been given them, and the 
Lord will do the rest. 

So it is with us. It is not expected in our trust- 
ing in the Lord to care fcr us, that we will fold our 
hands, and, in our ease, wait for the Lord to ccme 
and fill our stomachs, and clothe our bodies, but we 
are to use the possibilities which have been given 
us. We are to plow, and sow, and labor with our 
hands and minds, and then trurt in the Lord to do 
the balance. We are not to grumble and fret be- 
cause things do not come just as wc expect, The 
Lord knows when to send frosts, rain and snow, 
much better than we do, and the best thing we can 
do is to do cur part well,— the very best we can, 
and then remmit all into the hands cf the Lo*d, 
and, like Moses and his army, on the borders of the 
Red Sea, stand still and see the salvation of the 
Lord. It will ccme to us just as surely as it did to 
Israel. 

It is all right for sinners and those who do not 
have Gnd as their Fa'.her, to splutter and grumble 
when things do not come ri^ht, because they de- 
pend on their own wisdom and s'rergth to make 
things come tight, and, if they do not, they arc re- 
sponsible, and have a right to grumble, not at God 
—but at themselves. But not. so it is with us. Our 
Heiven'y Fa'her knoweth that we ha\e need cf all 
these things. The vety best we can do is first to 
seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, 
and all theie things w-ll be added. H, n B 



SKKMON" OUTLIN10. 



SALVATION. 



"Andihesba'l b 
name Jrcsus: for he 


ing forth 
ha 1 ! save 


a son, and Ihou shalt call hil 
bis people Irom their sios."— 


Matt. 1: 21. 






The thing t) be: 

from God, and enta 


ved from 
h death or 


.? sin, which always separa'es 
a lost condition on all win tin. 


r. We are saved 


frciu Ada 


nic sin by the atonement,— by 


the death of God's Son. Rom 
2. We are saved from our si 


5:6. 

is by the life of Christ. Rom, 


Four causes go b 

1. The primary c. 

2. Tbe proximate 


fjre: 

use, God's 
cause, Ch 


ist's death aod resurrection. 


3. The formal can 


se, regene 


ation, 


5. The final cause 


Christian 


peifjclion. 


Necessary forces: 

1. Gospel power, 

2. Belief and fail! 






3. Repentance an 
4 Obedience thro 


d prayer. 

ugh the light of the Holy Spirit. 



back of which 



OUR PRAYER MEETING-. 



THE CHRISTIAN WARFARE-Eph. 6: n 

For Thursday Evening, Feb. 3, iSgS. 



1. Satan aDd bis h 


sts. Eph. 4: 27; 2 Cor. 11:3 


2. Worldly and co 


rupt associates. 1 Cor. 15: 3). 


3. Our own evil na 


ure. Rom. 7: 25. 


II. The Armor. 




7. The whole arm 


r required. Eph. 6: 13; Rom. 13: 12; 


2 Cor. 6: 7. 




2. Wc must do 011 


part to stand. 1 Pet. 4: 7. 


3 We must keep t 


ur armor in readiness. Eph 6: 14-17. 


4. Wc must know 


tow to use it. 1 Cor. 0: 26, 27. 


III. OORCAPrAlN.ANI 


His Orders to Us. 


I. He commands 1 


s to watch. Eph, 6: 18; Matt. 26: 41. 


2. He commands 1 


s to pray. Luke 18: 1; Rom. 12: 17. 


3. He commands 1 


i to persevere. Rev. 3: 11, 12; Eph. 


4. He expects us 


to " [ijht the good fight of faith." I 



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RUINED CITIES. 



BY HOWARD MILLER. 



I have yet to see the boy who is not interested 
in ruins. There is something wonderfully attrac- 
tive about an old tumbledown house that nobody 
- livcs-in, and many boys and girls have taken their 
first lessons in exploring when they are allowed to 
overhaul the home garret. What a delight it would 
be to make a tour of some of the ruined cities down 
in lower Mexico? Yet they are not at all what 
would be looked for. In a sense they are very dis 
appointing, at first sight, but they grow on one, and 
their study is most fascinating. 

There are about sixty cities in ruins down in the 
region of Mexico and Spanish America. If we 
were to go to one of them it would require consid- 
erable preparation, and involve no little expense, as 
there are a good many things that would be want- 
ed, and the party ought to have a good many in it. 
I wonder whether I can give the young reader any 
idea of the ruins? In the first place they are nearly 
all in remote and unsettled sections, and they are 
hard to get at. If we were in the vicinity of a typi- 
cal ruined city what would impress us most would 
in all probability be the characteristic luxuriance 
of the vegetation of the tropics in which they are 
for the most part situated. Arriving at the site of 
one we would notice that here and there would be a 
huge stone, evidently shaped by the hands of men. 
Then another would be seen, and after a little we 
would see that they were laid in some sort of order, 
and the next thing to do would be to set the labor- 
ers of the party to digging and clearing away the 
accumulation of dirt about the building. It would 
not be long tili we would get some idea of the size 
of the house. They were all built of stone, that is 
all that are left standing now, though it can readily 
be seen that wood was also used, but it has disap- 
peared long ago. It does not require a great deal 
of skill to reconstruct a ruined house or temple 
after one gets down to the general plan of it. 
It can be seen that there are streets, temples and 
public buildings. The extent of some of the cities 
that I have seen leads me to believe that perhaps 
several hundreds of thousands of a population oc- 
cupied them, 

On some of them there is no end of hieroglyphic 
writing and not a word of it has ever been read. 



If we could read the records they have left we 
would, in all probability, know a great deal more of 
the world's real history than we now do. The first 
authentic mention of them is by the early Spaniards 
who overrun that country nearly four hundred 
years 2go. They were then pretty much as they 
are now. It is a wonderfully interesting question 
where these people came from, but it is more in- 
teresting, at least to me, what became of them. 
There is not even a reliable myth as who they were 
or what became of them. I will try to give you the 
theories of their history. One is that they were 
people who somehow got over the Pacific Ocean 
long centuries ago. Another is that the old and 
the new worlds were joined centuries ago, and that 
the people of old Egypt were either their forerun- 
ners or their descendants. Another is that they 
grew up just where they are, or where their ruined 
cities are now found. I want to tell you that the 
scientific men, who hold to these theories, are about 
equally divided in their opinions. They were a 
race of idol worshipers, and some of their gods 
are still standing, and a peculiarity is that the Cross 
is found among other things. This does not mean 
that they were Christians, for the cross has been 
found in many countries, long before the time of 
Christ. One of these days the scientific men who 
are working on this subject will get at the facts in 
the case, and then we will know a great deal more 
about the world and its people than we do now, 

There is one thing that is pretty certain, and that 
is there were no animals, such as we have, in any of 
these cities. There are no pictures to indicate any- 
thing of the kind, though it is equally certain that 
they had turkeys. They had no iron or steel, and 
it is simply wonderful, the work that they did with 
their poor tools, in all probability axes and tools 
made out of a harder stone than what they wrought 
on. In one old graveyard, probably the size of a 
square in town, it is said that over S50.000 of solid 
gold ornaments were taken from the graves where 
the survivors at that time had buried them with 
their dead. The whole study of these ruins is 
fraught with almost unsurmountable difficulties, 
and nobody knows the real facts in the case, 
Lewhburg, Pa. 



THE STUDY OP HYMNS. 



BY MARGUERITS BIXLER. 



To rightly interpret a hymn for others, it is nec- 
essary to understand it ourselves. A person who 
knows nothing about cube root would not be apt to 
stand before a class and attempt to explain it. I 
etimes wonder why those, who claim to be inter- 
ested in sacred music, are not equally as thoughtful. 
A hymn must be studied,— carefully and prayer- 
fully studied,— before it can be sung intelligently. 
Ofttimes I am asked what I do to inspire my pupils 
'n their study of sacred song. The best answer I 
;an give is that I first inspire myself. 

To give you an idea of one way I study and 
teach hymns, let us use, for an example, Sullivan's 
"Onward, Christian Soldiers," No. 18, in the Sun- 
day School Song Book. This is a missionary hymn, 
and as Christian people are always full of the mis- 
sionary spirit, it will be an interesting one to study. 

First, we notice there is a command to a com- 
pany of Christian soldiers, who are marching as if 
going to war, marching forward into the battle with 
their Captain in the advance, inspiring, cheering 
and leading them on. Now comes the question — 
What should be the movement of the first stanza? 
Well, let us think. Do you know what kind of 
step soldiers are apt to take when going to battle? 
Do you not think a quick step would be the most 
appropriate? Why? Because it is expressive of 
action. You have no idea how rapid this move- 
ment is. I believe the quickest way to obtain an 
idea is to get on the floor in front of my class and 
step it off. Try it. We are now ready (o sing the 
first stanza in a joyful, animated style, in strict 
march time. 

The second stanza,— "Like a mighty army moves 
the church of God," Do you know anything about 



the movement of large bodies, generally? Yes, 
they move slow and sure. Soldiers tell us that the 
whole army cannot move rapidly. While it is pos- 
sible for the cavalry to do so, also the infantry, on a 
charge, the entire army wilh its commissary depart- 
ment, moves slowly. Sing this line slow and 
strong. "Brothers, we are treading where the 
saints have trod." This is a decided change of 
thought; from that of activity, to that of reflection. 
At the close of a beautiful spring day, we stood 
on the old battle-field of Gettysburg. Beautiful, 
historical scenery met our gaze, — scenery that 
would satisfy an artist's eye. We looked and won- 
dered. After the guide's explanation there were no 
words of exclamation, no murmurs of delight. All 
was silence. We were standing on ground where 
others had not only trod, but poured out their life's 
blood for the cause of freedom. Reflection and 
memory were here enthroned and solemn were our 
thoughts. When engaged in deepest thought, we 
are motionless; the muscles are not active, No- 
tice the difference between this stanza and the first, 
d sing it thoughtfully. The latter part of the 
stanza brings us the thought of unity, and, naturally, 
strength. Not divided, but a united band, sure of 
success. God's people must stand united if victor- 
ies are to be gained for Him. Sing this cheerfully 
and with confidence. The third stanza is beautiful. 
In it we find the crowning point of the selection, 
" Crowns and thrones may perish." " Gates of 
hell can never 'gainst the church prevail." Why is 
this true? Because we have Christ's promise, "I 
will not forsake thee." 

How it cheers and inspires the soldier's confi- 
dence! Fully trusting he marches on to success. 
You think his promise might fail? Neverl Men's 
promises sometimes fail; but Christ's cannot. 
Heaven and earth may pass away, but His promises 
will not fail. Then, how should such a thought be 
expressed? Slow, emphatic, staccato. They can 
never fail. 

The last stanza expresses victory. The darkest 
hours and severest struggle past, the army now 
moves gloriously on, continuously praising their 
Captain-K'ng with songs of praise and gladness. 
Would that we might praise Him more in song as 
we pass through the battles of life. There is power 
in song. The chorus denotes action and should be 
sung in a strong, cheerful manner, in perfect march 
time. 

We hope these few hints will cause you all to 
take a still deeper interest in rightly interpreting 
the beautiful songs of Zion. Remember, a song, 
rightly sung, is a sermon preached, and its purpose 
is that of saving souls. Be earnest, willing workers 
in the realm of song, for yet a little while, and with 
a perfect understanding shall we sing His praise 
throughout the ceaseless ages of sweet eternity. 



OCCUPATION. 



When the heart is heavy and we suffer from de- 
pression or disappointment, how thankful we should 
be that we still have work and prayer left to comfort 
Occupation forcibly diverts the mind, prayer 
sweetly soothes the soul. 

Then," writes one who has been sorely tried, " I 
tell my griefs to God, as a child tells its troubles to 
its mother; and when I have told all, I am comfort- 
ed, and repeat with a lightened heart the prayer of 
St, Francoise de Chantal (who certainly suffered 
more than I), ' Thy will be done forever and ever, 
O Lord, without if or but,' — and then for fear a mur- 
mur may arise in my heart, I return immediately to 
my work, and become absorbed in occupation." — 
Gold Dust. 

It is nobler far to do the most commonplace duty 
in the household or behind the counter, with a sin- 
gle eye to duty, simply because it must be done, 
than to go out of your way to attempt a brilliant 
deed, with a double mind, and saying to yourself 
lot only, " This will be a brilliant deed," but also, 
' and it will pay me, or raise me, or set me off into 
the bargain." Heroism knows no " into the bar- 
gain." — Charlis Kirgiky, 



Jan. 29, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSE^TGEI^. 



General Missionary and Tract. This is a severe agc on the catholic church. 

: of liberty and it seems that this 



Department. 



B6.-c.li Bby. • Kansas 

D. L. Miller, - - Illinois 

S. P. Sacfeer, 



OF THE COMMITTEE: -The Monday 



IE3ULAB 

before Stani 

lug; the second Monday ol Octobe 

BUSINESS FOB ANY MEETING should b 



ZACB STATE DISTRICT IHBSIQN B0A3D is esilltled F 



dorscd by the District Mission Board, before the pape 
will bo sent, 
THE 0OUUI1T&S BSOSIvBS doniitlons lor the lollowln 
funds: World-Wide, Asia Minor, India. Orphanage ? 
Srhyrna; Washington Meetinghouse; Suflerers 1 
IHdia; Book and Tract Funds. 



body of people cannot live and thrive in thi 
Ent of religious and political liberty. A 
rsaya that liberty will yet kill the Catho- 
lic church. 



me people are opposed to advancing well 
qualified-young men to a higher degree of 
isefulness, fearing that this may be the means 
f spoiling them The way to prevent young 
nen from spoiling is to give them plenty of 
/01k to do, and then keep them at it. It is the 
devil who spoils men by keeping them idle. 



so itor a:::e:c 



business or money Intended for the 
my of its members. All such corres- 

GEN. MISS. St TRACT COM,, 



MOTTO FOR THE ! 



Th Chicago there are 
dist churches, valued 1 



lid lo be Jig Methc 



The Mormons claim to have five hundred 
ciders at work in the South, and eighty of them 
afe In Tennessee! 

Mr. R. Q. Hobbs, who took a calgo of corn 
to India, to relieve the starving, estimates that 
6ooa,Rno people were carried away by the 
famine. 



At Allegan, Mich., 1 
Hendricks Goucher, re( 
vanced age of id? years 
able memory, and retain 
faculties to the last. 



American Congress 
expenditure of §14,000 
and twelve torpedoes, 
with which the natio 
King of kings in the 
spiritual weapons. 



of all the missionar 
about Si4,oco,oco ye 



J for three battleship; 



members of the Keyser family, being a little 
less than sixty-nine years of age. From the 
lime he was a little boy, he came to the 
cemetery, and kept up his frequent visits 
as long as he was able. For some years, I 
think, he did not attend any services of the 
Brethren. About three years ago, I preached 
ae year on the life of Christ. It was a 
bright summer Sunday morning when Mr. 
Keyser strolled into our service. At the close 
.id, " I do love to hear you preach about 
Jesus." He came after that as long as he was 
He had intended to unite with the 
church, but death overtook him. He was a 
of noble impulse, loving devotion, and 
loved the Lord Jesus to a remarkable degree, 
though he did not make an open and public 

infesssion of Him. 

1 spent a few days in the Brooklyn mission 

cently. G. N. Falkenstein. 

66// Germantown Ave., 

Philadelphia, Pa. Jan. to. 



:nlly died at 
She had a : 

d a good use 



Writing to this office one of our contrib- 
utors says that the ohly men who make no 
mistakes are dead men. This, of course, does 
not mean that the man who makes the most 
mistakes has Ihe most life in him. 



A traveling evangelist in Georgia encour- 
ages among his people, in the public services, 
what is known as the "holy laugh." This 
seems to be a leading feature of his doctrine. 
We wonder what will be thought of next! 

The story about seeds, four thousand 
years old, taken from the ruins in Egypt, and 
then growing when planted, is conceded to be 
incorrect. Several experiments were made 
with seeds taken from the ruins of Thebes, 
and not one of them grew. 



Those who have 

are delighted with 
say that it is the most conve 
gotten up New Testament 
When its convenience is 



e Gish Testament 
do not hesitate to 
;nient, and neatly 

published, 
understand 






Lbes 



nse demand fo 



In the United States there are said to 1 
1,187 religious papers with an aggregate circ 
lation of 15,000,000 copies. Of these 569 a: 
weekly and most of the others monthly. If all 

these papers would contend for the whole G05 
pel what a power ihey would be for good! 

A traveler in Egypt, after passing up anc 
■down the Nile, said that one can scarcely ente 
a town or village without finding a schoolhouse 
where the Arabs are taught, and they 
proud to say their education began in 
American mission schools, 



MISSION WORK, 



One of the main purposes of chosen I 
was to school a nation lo receive Christ. 
this reason Old Testament history re 
principally salvation for the Jew alone. 
and again the spirit of God so filled son 
the writers of Old Testament times that 
writings included all mankind ih salvz 
Such is David's expression in Ps. 22: 27. 

All Ihe ends oF the earth shall remember and 
turn unto the Lord: 

And all the kindreds of the nations shall ■ 
ship before thee, 

Many expressions in the Old Testament 
are directly applicable to the Jews only, and 
al of a world-wide salvation; but here is 
that includes the remotest nations of 
as well as all between them. It cannot 
'to the judgment, when all shall meet 
who sitteth upon the throne, for they 
shall "remember and turn unto the Lord/' as a 
voluntary act of their own. 

2re there no other promise or prediction 
s Bible, here is sufficient to give hope to 
the South Sea cannibal or the Hottentot of New 
Guinea. These nations will worship,— shall 
rship, before Him. It hath so been de- 
clared, and, verily, it shall come to pass* 

Just how socn this glorious day shall appear 
depends largely upon the attitude the church 
takes in this matter. If she be awake to her 
day and opportunity this glad day will rapidly 
!. If she neglect her opportunities, the 
present generations of these nations will have 
to die in darkness, and the present generation 
of the church, so cold and heartless, will pass 
from earth to meet a just desert for dilatory 
g in the world, and another will come 
forth that will declare ihe Gcspel to the na- 
tions of the earth. 

But how about the embryo of missions, be- 
gun in India, Asia Minor, and Europe, as well 
as different parts of the United States? 

In the first place the workers in the field, as 
well as those who helped to send them in the 
name of the church, can be assured they arc 
in harmony with God"s plan of world-wide sal- 
vation. In the next place, they all have the 
assurance that, if the present generation does 
not live to see all nations worshiping God, 
they have nobly lived, labored, and 
ficed to begin a work which is destined t( 
ceed. And how soul-cheering it is to a really 
soul-loving one that he is an humble factor 
God's hands to bring about so grand and gle 

Be assured, be encouraged, be strengthen! 
brother, sister, for all nations shall remember 
and turn to the Lord, or as David give 
same idea in Ps. S6: 9,— "All nations shall 
come and worship before Thee," G. I 



REPORT OF CHICAQO MISSION. 



Missionary Society, Montlcollo, 

-Eld. hiin'l Dllling 6 (W 

3, Grundy Co., Iowa, per ft. A. 

18 JO 

th doslre to help In tbe noble 



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Clreoue, Haas., . 
of Horrlngton, 
, tSri'ono, Knrii,, 



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Staunton 
for bapti 



til the in 



Thibet is beset on all sides wi i 
workers waiting at different door; 
habitants of that strange country 
throw them open. This time ca 
delayed. The Moravians, the Scandinavia 
and the China Inland Mission all have 
posts. A party of earnest Scandinavian rr 
sionaries recently made a perilous expediti 
from India across the frontier of Thibet, and 
with great joy held their first prayer-meeting 
on Thibetan soil. 



From Staunton, Va. 

My Christmas was very pleasantly spei 
Roanoke, Va., visiting members and frit 
Jan. f finds me ready to take up the work here 
again, for awhile. 

The first news I heard, after reaching 
s that we have another applicant 
We pray that others, like this 
dear sister, may, with ihe new year, begin a 
new life! Let us all begin the new year with a 
determination to do mere work for the Mas- 
le r. Martha Click. 



From Topeka, Kana. 

I spent six days of November in Morris 
County, but was stopped by snow and winter, 
I then returned and went to Topeka and spent 
the remainder of the time visiting and preach- 
ing in the city and its surroundings- The 
Brethren's house of worship is too far from Ihe 
city to get people out lo meeting from the 

There are a few Danish families and about 
[,000 Swedes in the city proper, whom we 
ited, gave tracts, prayed with and did as 
as we could. Several families want the Bible 
and Messenger as soon as they can get thi 
money and will send for it themselves, I had 
one Messenger posted up in the post office, 
as a notice for meeting. Thus the Messenger 
and Bible advertisement were seen and read 
by hundreds of people. 

e Topeka church will have a resident 
iter next spring, which they very much 
need. I found the members in a much scat- 
i condition, and I, therefore, devoted the 
ings lo the development of good feelings 
among them, as well as urging them to pi 
on to the mark of our high calling. I found 
more response in that direction than I antic 
pated at first, in and out of the church. 

Christian Hope. 
Heringlon, A'ans,, Dec. 2$. 



From Germantown, Pa. 

work moves along encouragingly, 
one applicant awaiting baptism. We 
ir special meetings this evening,— tc 
continue as may be deemed advisable. 

Jan. 5 I preached the funeral of John G, 
Keyser. He was a grandson of Eld. Peter 
Keyser, who preached here, in the old meet- 
ing-house, over fifty years. Mr, Keyser was, 
at the time of his death, one of the oldest 



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C, and H. MoNut', per 


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■forth Liberty, Ind., por 


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b, Dovlla J.abc W.I), . . 
, per Mary GlbsoD, Vfr- 


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Bro. Tens Howell, 


tBprfnfis, Mo 

per Dan'l Boek, Kokomo, 



In closing the work for the year we have 
many things to be thankful for, and while no 
great visible results have attended our labors, 
yet we feel that an influence has gone out, 
principles have been established, and that a 
silent force is at work, which must, in time, 
bring about the much-desired results. 

This is a hard field to work, from various 
causes,— social conditions, complexity of re- 
ligious proclivities, modes of living, and the 
shallow idea of true piety which, in many cases, 
prevails. When the tide of immigration turns 
South in earnest, and our people begin to col- 
onize,— which, in every case, they should do, 
when emigrating,— and when a different influ- 
ence is brought to bear, we may expect the 
redemption of this fair land and people. Who 
will come and help us? 

There are rare opportunities here for the 
men in earnest, but it is a poor place for va- 
grants and idlers. As I have decided to locate 
here permanently, I very much desire to col- 
onize a number of our people here. The in- 
ducements are rare. We have a delightful 
climate and our natural resources are excel- 
lent. We have cheap fertile lands, adapted 
to a great variety of crops. Timber is abun- 
dant and building material very cheap. In- 
formation cheerfully given to all earnest in- 
quirers. B - E - Kesler, 

Dryden, Ark., /an. 1, 



By Industrial wcbool and donatle 5 S'J 

Total WW H 

Expenditure^ J' 03 ** 

Balance on band, <1«5 Stt 

Elizabeth How*,Treas. 

REPORT OF BROOKLYN MISSION. 



3„ Norway, Ore, per Snrab 



ir, Bpenuer, Obto, 



Expenditures, . 
13S1 Third Ave. 



THE GOSPEL ZMHESSEHsTGEK,. 



Jan. 29, 18 



The Gospel Messenger, 



1 Weekly, at J1.50 per Annum, by 

BRETHREN PUBLISHING HOUSE, 

Mount Morris, Illinois. 



. Editor^ 



0. L. Millek Mount Morris, 111., J 
R E. Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pa„ >'" 

)rb, , Office Editor, 

-.ex., Business Manger, 

Enoch Eby. Dante! Hayi, \V. R. Destet. 



^?-Comniui»ic;ili'..ns for publication slu.uld be kfr'bly written with black 
Ink on one si Je u( the paper only. Do not attempt to interline, or to put on 

£3?-Aaonymous communicaLiona will not be published. 

^-Donot mix business with nrlicles ior publication. K'.ep your corn- 

|^-Tiine is precious We always have time !o attend to business and to 
answer questions ol importance but please do not subject us to needless 

I^Thc Messenger Is iimNcd. each week to all subscribers. If the ad- 
dresa Is correctly entered on out Nat, thepnper must reach the person to 
whom it Is addressed. II you do not eet your paper, write us. Giving par- 
ticulars. 

t ■ 'Wln'ii .li.ui'-mi; your .illrcs'i, picas'; Rive your former as well as your 
future address in lull, so ns lo avoid delay and misunderstanding. 

f3?"Douol send personal checks 01 diafts on Interior banks, unless yoo 

^"Remittances should be made by Post-office Money Order, Drafts on 

New Yoik. Philadelphia or Chieatto. or Kenistored Lotters, made payable 
and addrsnsed to " Brethren Publishing, House, Mount Motrin, 111." 
BT~Entored at the Post-office at Mount Morris, 111., as lecund-clasa 



Mount Morris, III., Jan. 29, 



ditcd with your subscription. Usually two weeks is 
noney is sent or sul.suiption nidercd, until change is 1 
etl IVIUTB is at on cm. stating WHEN and I 



A series of meetings at Fairview, Grant Co., 
Gkla., closed with nine conversions. 

Some write us and ask us to announce their quar- 
terly councils. We think this unnecessary. 

As the result of a series of meetings, held at 
Qjinter, Kans., five confessed Christ and were bap- 
tized. 

There are now 45 members in the City of Lima, 
Ohio, six having but recently united with the 
church, 

Bro. Orville V, Long closed a protracted meet- 
ing at the Latimore meetinghouse, Pa,, with seven 
accessions, 

The Brethren in the Blackwater church, Franklin 
Co., Va., are rejoicing over eleven applicants for 
membership. [ 

Bro, Wieand's meetings at Monitor, Kans , con- 
tinued six weeks. There were ten baptized and 
one reclaimed. | | 

Bro, Israel Cripe announces the change of his 
address from Knobnoster, Mo., to Montpelier, 
Blackford Co., Ind. 



Writing from Lexington, III., Bro. D. B. Gibson 
says that he is preaching to packed houses, and 
hopes for good results. 



Any one having a copy of Bro. Qdinter's work on 
"Trine Immersion," will please write us, stating 
price and condition of the book. 



After closing his meetings at Martins, Nebr., Bro. 
H, W. Strickler went to Moorefield, intending to go 
from there to Aurora, same State. 



Now and then a correspondent sends church 
news, signing only his initials to the communication. 
Such matter is, of course, not published. 

The Maple Grove church, W. Va., seems to be in 
a healthy condition. Seven more were recently add- 
ed to the church by confession and baptism. 

There has been quite an ingathering in the church 
at Mountain Valley, Tenn. During two series of 
meetings sixteen were added to the membership. 

One of our agents writes that he sold eleven 
copies of Bro. Fiory's 'Mind Mysteries" in ten hours. 
Scores of others might do as well if they would 
make th* efiori. 



An interesting series of rneetings in the Yellow 
River church, Ind., conducted by Bro. Daniel 
Wysong, closed with twelve baptized and one re- 
claimed. 

The Brethren are having a glorious meeting at 
North Manchester, Ind. Twenty were baptized 
last Saturday, and one has since applied for mem- 
bership. 

Bro. Tobias S. Fike, Brookside, W. Va , thinks 
some of changing his location. He would like to 
settle where he can devote all of his time and ener- 
gies to the ministry. 

Bro. Sidney Hodgden reports seven confessions 
duiing his recent series of meetings in the Santa Fe 
church, Miami Co., Ind, His next series of meet- 
ings will be at Shideler. 



Bro Wm. M. Hoover is engaged in a series of 
meetings in Germantown, Pa. The meetings are 
repotted full of interest. One has been baptized 
and others are seeking the better way. 



Bro. Geo. Luke, who lives at Spence, Newton 
Co., Ark., thinks that Brethren, seeking homes in a 
mild climate, will do well to help build up the 
cause of Christ in that part of the Southwest. 



The Brethren of the Tuscarawas church, Ohio, 
have had quite an ingathering, at what is known as 
the Zion house. Eleven united with the church 
during a series of meetings held by Bro. A. I, Hee- 
stand. - 

We are asked to name the most helpful book 
known to us on prayer. We name "Alone With 
God "as the best devotional work we have ever 
read. Price, 75 cents. We have sold over 10:0 
copies during the last few years. 



Bro D. L Kinzie, of Muenster, Texas, says that 
two of the outsiders, to whom the Messenger was 
sent last year, are now members of the church. 
This is another evidence of the good the paper can 
accomplish, when read by those seeking for the bet- 
ter way. 

The Williamsport (Ind.) Review has a good 
word for the work in which Bro. D. M. Brubaker is 
engaged in that city. It also rpeaks highly of the 
Sunday school and the Young People's Bible 
Society, which was recently organized with fifty-two 
members. 

During the month of November we received 
S2S.45 to pay for sending the Messenger to the 
poor, The December report will show an encour- 
aging increase, and we hope to have a still greater 
increase to report for January. Brethren, do not 
forget the pool! 

It never pays to write anonymous letters, espe- 
cially to a printing-office. They are seldom read. 
We now and then receive an anonymous letter, but 
not knowing who it is from, we do not take time to 
read it, aud so the writer loses his time and post- 
age stamp all for no purpose. 



Bro. L. H. Eby writes us from beyond the bor 
ders of the United States, telling us how he feels 
among strangers in a foreign land. In company 
with others, he crossed the Rio Grande River into 
Mexico, near El Paso, and writes us from a Catho- 
lic church nearly three hundred years old. He 
seems very much delighted with his sojourn in that 
part of the world. 



Bro. Michael Flory closed his series of meet- 
ings at Pleasant Hill, 111., with twenty-six addi- 
tions by confession and baptism, and one re- 
claimed. The members of the church are rejoic- 
ing greatly. Feb. 4 Bro. J. M. McClure is to com- 
mence a series of doctrinal sermons. This is the 
first time that we have heard of getting a number 
of members into the church and then indoctrinat 
ing them. Well, there is nothing out of the way 
about it, only we are glad te know that the doc- 
trine is not being neglected, 



Our readers will find much encouraging church 
news in this issue. It causes the saints on earth, 
as well as the angels in heaven, to rejoice when sin- 
ners by the score turn away from their sins and 
become members of the church. 



A part of the General Missionary Report for De- 
cember will appear in next issue, and the remainder 
a week iater. The report is so large, though set in 
small type, that it will require two issues to contain 
it, confining it to the missionary page. Our mis- 
sionary work is steadily growing, and should it thus 
continue it will, in course of a few years, become a 
work of great magnitude. 



Now and then we hear of parents opposing their 
children uniting with the church of God. As the 
years go by, these parents will probably regret their 
unwise course in this particular, more than any 
other mistake of their lives. When the fire of the 
Christian religion once commences to burn in a 
child's hear?, it is a most dangerous thing to 
quench it. It may never be lighted again. 



The District Meeting for Southern Ohio will be 
held in the Lower Stillwater church, adjoining the 
City of Dayton, April 26. This meeting will put 
into operation a new feature for a District Meeting. 
It was decided last year that all matters to come 
before the meeting should be printed and distrib- 
uted at or before the meeting, The official notice 
will appear next week. 

It affords us pleasure to state that the United ' 
Brethren church in Galion, Ohio, has decided to 
discontinue having socials, fairs, festivals, ba- 
zaars and entertainments for the purpose of mak- 
ing money for the use of the church. The church 
believes that these things are not only worldly, but 
contrary to the teachings of the New Testament, 
and shouid be opposed by all true Christians. This 
church is on the right track, and we hope to see 
others falling into line. Few things are doing more 
real harm than the church festivals, fairs, bazaars, 
etc, tolerated and encouraged by most of the 
churches. We further believe that the cause of 
Christ will never prosper as it should, until these 
evils are both discarded and denounced. 



Up to last Saturday we had enjoyed the most de- 
lightful winter weather we have ever experienced 
in the North; but on Saturday a blizzard struck us 
in full force, raging ail day and far into the night, 
piling up the snow to the depth of two and three 
feet. Sunday morning presented a busy scene, as 
the snow had to be shoveled from the walks, so 
people could get to church. Probably no one felt 
himself too self righteous to shovel snow that Sun- 
day morning, Well, it was a case of the ox in the 
ditch, and it probably pleased the Lord to see the 
people doing their part in removing the beautiful 
snow without complaining, or finding fault with 
the work of the great Creator. And on Tuesday 
morning we were visited by another blizzard of 
still greater severity, which piled up snow all day, 
and is still raging at the time we close these pages, 
late Tuesday evening. 



It is not wise for a young minister, or old one 
either, for that matter, to antagonize the other min- 
isters around him. It is a part of grace for a min- 
ister to keep on the good side of all his colaborers 
in the ministry. It is not necessary that he should 
have them arrayed against him until he loses all 
of his influence among them. He can stand up 
for what he considers to be right, but in doing so 
he should act the part of a man, and not make un- 
becoming remarks about those who do not happen 
to see things just as he presents them. Let 
him do that which makes for peace, and avoid all 
unnecessary strife and friction. As a rule, when a 
minister so conducts himself as to get all the other 
ministers in his part of the State down on him, he 
is more or less to blame for the unfortunate situa- 
tion. While this may not apply in every instance, 
it do*l in far too many cases. 



Ja 



29, 18 



THE GOSPEL MESSBNGBE. 



Bro. D. L. Miller was to have commenced a 
series of meetings in ihe Chapel at this place, last 
week, but he was taken sick the evening before, 
and has not been able to leave his home since. 
His condition is improving, and he will probably 
be able for duty the last of this week. The meet- 
ings, however, are going ca, Bro. J. G. Royer do- 
ing the preaching. The interest is good, and we 
hope to see good results from the efforts made. 
One was baptized last week. Others seem near the 
kingdom. 

The Brethren in Oregon, Washington and Idaho 
have a straight-forward way of handling some mat- 
ters. At their last District Meeting a query was 
presented, asking rhe Annual Meeting to answer a 
very simple question. The meeting disposed of 
the paper after this order: "We, the delegates of 
the District Meeting, consider it imprudent to send 
this query to the Annuil Meeting," and then pro- 
ceeds to answer it. It might not be amiss for all 
the future District Meetings to dispose of a number 
of queries after the same manner. 



A brother writes us that his house burned to 
the ground, with all of its contents, and he would 
like us to maks a call through the Messenger in 
his behalf, that those feeling so disposed may do- 
nate something to help him bear his loss. In the 
course of a year we receive a number of requests 
like this, and will now state for the benefit of all, 
that when a member meets with a financial loss that 
he is not able to bear, and must have help, the 
proper thing for him to do is to make his needs 
known to the congregation where he holds his 
membership. Should this congregation be unable 
to render the necessary assistance it can then call 
on the adjoining churches. This is the proper way 
of relieving those among the Brethren, who must 
have assistance, and it is a most excellent method. 



REPORTS FROM THE CHURCHES. 

It will be very convenient for us, if correspon 
dents, when sending church news for publication, 
will observe the following: First give the name of 
the church to which the news relates, then give the 
news briefly, but clearly, and close with the name 
of the writer, followed by his post-office, State and 
date. Here is a very good sample: 

Howard. — Bro. A. G. Crosswhite, of Flora, Ind., com- 
menced a series of meetings here Dec. 27, and continued until 
Jan. 16. with interest and a good attendance. Eleven were te- 
ceived by baptism. One was baptized Dec. 26, and a yonng 
sister was received by baptism a few months previous.— Ceo. 
Bntbtikcr, Ridgeway, Ind , Jan. iS. 

News will now and then become a little confused 
by correspondents heading their communications 
differently, and yet writing from the same congre- 
gation. By observing our instructions this will be 
avoided. We are pleased with the promptness of 
our correspondents in keeping their States well rep- 
resented in our columns. Each church having any 
news of interest should ba represented in our news 
department. Let all the reports, however, be 
short and to the point. The shorter they are the 
more of them we can get into Ihe paper. Our pur- 
pose is to make the Messenger newsy as well as 
instructive, 



TWENTY YEARS A BABE. 

One of our correspondents writes us that he has 
" been a babe in Christ for twenty years, and has 
just found it out. We wonder if there are not oth- 
ers who have been babes even longer than that, 
and do not yet know it. Probably they have been 
fed on milk so long that they cannot digest any- 
thing else, and mean to remain babes the rest of 
their days. As a rule, parents are at fault when 
their children remain babes beyond a reasonable 
age, May not ministers have something to do 
with encouraging the prolonged babyhood "tat* in 
the churehf 



Our correspondent thinks he was not put to 
work soon enough, and for that reason he never 
became a full-grown man in Christ Jesus. He qui- 
etly buried his one talent, lived on milk for twen- 
ty years, and just now begins to realize what a sad 
mistake has been made. Had he cultivated his 
one talent, he might have had two, long before 
this, and to-day would be able to bear the strongest 
spiritual food. 

We have too many of these babes in the church. 
It is no credit to them to be babes, nor is it any 
credit to the church to have them long remain 
such. We suggest that our elders and preachers 
look up these babes and see what they can do in 
the way of developing them. They need more 
than the sincere milk of the Word. They need 
strong meat, that they may grow and reach Chris- 
tian manhood and womanhood. Then, along with 
stronger nourishment, they should be assigned 
work, for people who are well fed, and cannot or 
will not work, to all intents and purposes, are still 
babes, however long they may have been in the 
church. 

Babes in Christ are good things of which to 
make Christian men and women, but we do not 
want to be too long about it, or else they will be- 
come so thoroughly set in their baby ways as to 
render it impossible to. make anything else of them. 
Let these babes be brought up in the way the Lord 
intended, then, as they increase in years, they will 
know how to work as they go about their Master's 
business. j. h. m, 

EASTERN HOSPITALITY. 

By eastern we mean that part of the world known 
as the Bible Land, especially that part of it which 
has come down through the ages unaffected either 
by emigration, immigration cr the spirit of the times, 
known as progress. It is thus a standing witness to 
the oldest historical records that the world has to 
give. 

Hospitality is generally looked upon as a princi- 
ple, emanating from the highest standards of civili- 
zation and Christianity, but this cannot be accepted 
as the interpretation of it by the Orientals. This 
spirit is infused into it, but they give it a broader 
interpretation. 

Their views of hospitality are as full and as com- 
plete as ours can be, but part of the active princi- 
ples of it are forced and enlarged by custom, and 
this custom is almost as old as the human race, as 
we find that they were in vogue in the days of Abra- 
ham and his nephew, Lot. 

The customs differ, as to minor parts, among the 
different nationalities of these countries, but a strik- 
ing similarity runs through all the tent- dwellers of 
the Orient, especially among the Kurds, Druses and 
Bedouins of Syria and Palestine. Of course, their 
notions of home life, if the life they live can be 
called such, have much to do with their manner of 
showing hospitality. 

Tent life in the days of Abraham, in our estima- 
tion, must have been not only desirable, but grand 
and glorious. Living, as they did, so closely in 
contact with nature, as Gjd made it, fresh, pure air, 
babbling brooks and rippling streams, sparkling 
stars, blue skies, with silvery rays of the moon, pierc- 
ing in through the crevices, theirs was a happy life. 
They were not confined in crowded cities, surround- 
ed by dismal walls, but on the hill-sides, the open 
valleys and the unbounded plains. Their tent was 
pitched in a clump of oaks, as was Abraham's, and 
it gives to us the very picture of freedom, ease and 
comfort. As we seethe strangers approaching the 
tent, bearing the sad news of Sodom, with the old 
father sitting at the tent-door, we have an introduc- 
tion to the hospitality of ancient times. As soon 
as the strangers come within hailing distance, with 
their faees towards tht tent, they ere soniidtnd 



guests, and already have the welcome of the home. 
To have passed on, even had they been ordinary 
guests, would have been an insult to the head cf 
the family, and all cause for hospitality would then 
have ended. 

The peculiarity about the ideas of '• ospi.ality 
with these people is, that, in passing b; their cnts, 
if those who are passing salute any one, belonging 
to the tent, to get information or otherwise, they 
are considered guests and are expected to turn in. 
When once inside, they became the lords of the 
home, and the master, or sheik, the seivant. The 
very best belonging to the tent home is given 
to the guests. Mats, skins and rugs ate placed on 
the ground to rest on, while refreshment! are being 
prepared. First coffee or some other hot drink is 
made and offered, and to refuse this, is to insult. 
After this a kid or calf is killed, dressed and cooked. 
All this takes time. But with these people time is 
no consideration, and you are expected to tarry and 
partake of the hospitality offered. The more you 
eat the better they are pleased, and a show of ap- 
preciation is always expected. It is said that the 
master of the house often sits back and weeps for 
joy because of the great honors thus bestowed. 

To come into their tents and give yourself into 
their charge and care, not only makes you a wel- 
come guest, but while with them you are entirely 
safe with all your belongings. Even though they 
would rob and kill you anywhere else, while with 
them, as a guest, you are safe. They look upon 
their charge in the highest sense of honor and 
would defend you even at the risk of their own 
lives, 

We have a hint of this same sense of honor and 
responsibility in the case of Lot in Sodom. When 
he took the strangers in, he felt under the most 
sacred obligaticns to defend them from the rabble 
on the outside, and rather than deny his (rust ho 
was willing to jeopardize the purity and the lives 
of his own daughters. 

This gives clearly an idea of the sense of the in- 
terpretation of eastern hospitality, as Lot was a rep- 
resentative man. While those people have gotten 
far away from the moral and religious standing 
of these ancient fathers, yet their ideas of hospi- 
tality are much the same in practice if not in spirit. 

They not only provide for and guard their guests, 
while within their tents, but when they leave they 
are provided with a body-guard to see them safely 
beyond the line of their territory, be that near or 
far. 

What seems further strange about their lives and 
sense of hospitality is that, though anywhere and 
everywhere else, when you meet them the " back- 
sheesh" is expected and asked for, yet, if you be- 
come a guest, no matter how long you remain, they 
will receive no pay, and to offer it is an insult. The 
honor, thus conferred, and the joy it affords to re- 
ceive and entertain strangers, more than compen- 
sates for the trouble and cost of the entertainment. 

Though we passed through the territory of these 
people and saw their tent-homes, we did not have 
the actual experiences of this eastern hospitality, as 
now shown towards strangers, but it was not for 
lack of opportunity. After seeing their tents and 
the in-dwellers, we preferred to live in our own tents 
and enjoy the hospitality that comes from a free 
distribution of the French pounds. Had we under- 
taken it we might not, when through, been able to 
show a proper appreciation, but we could not help 
thinking, after all, what power the religion, the 
principles of which we so poorly represent, has 
over the minds and hearts of these people, who, 
seemingly, have gotten so far away from God. 
Through the hospitality of these people we ought 
to learn to get out of our selfishness and come in 
clo-er touch with the (treat brotherhood of man, 
n. t, li 



THE GOSPEL MBSSENGBB. 



Jan, 29, 18 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

If members in good standing go into a strange country, 
and the brethren there call them brother or sister, yet cannot, 
or do not invite them to the Lord's table, is that doing the 
will of our Savior who has commanded as to love one another 
as he has loved us?— A Sister. 

When members in good standing attend a feast, 
either at home or abroad, they are not supposed to 
sit back and wait for a private and individual in- 
vitation to come to the Lord's table. The table is 
spread for all the members, and when the time 
comes each one should take his place, showing, 
however, due respect to the aged and even others. 
And while all this is true, yet the home members 
should see that the neglected visiting members, — 
should there be such,— are invited to the table. 
Among the members there ought to be a high de- 
gree of hospitality at a love feast. This, of course, 
does not relate to those who are not in a condi- 
tion to approach the Lord's table. 

What is to be done with a minister who uses foolish and un- 
becoming language, anil sings unbeccming songs to the young 
people, and when reminded of it, says, "1 know it is wrong," 
but maintains that he cannot help it, and still continues to do 
the samtl-F. II'. S. M. 

If you have done what you can to reform him, 
and he will not amend his ways, then report his 
conduct, without delay, to the elder, and he will 
know how to deal with the case. A matter of this 
kind should not be delayed, for it relates to con- 
duct wholly unbecoming a minister, and no church 
should long tolerate in her preacher that which is 
so detrimental to true Christian piety. 

Would it be right, under any circumstances, for an elder to 
rise in council-meeting and accuse the modcratcr of unfair 
ruling, or of trying to influence the church, and threaten to 
bring charges against hint for the same? — A. M. 

Conduct of this kind will never happen in a coun- 
cil-meeting where both elders behave themselves 
like the shepherds of a flock should. It is unfortu- 
nate when one elder has to rebuke another in this 
way, and equally unfortunate to be falsely accused. 
This is one of the questions that should be referred 
to an adjoining elder, who has some knowledge of 
both parties. 

Where does the church get authority for not baptiz'ng 
a candidate when a member objects to him being received in- 
to fellowship with the church? Would it not be right to bap- 
tize them and let them settle their differences according to 
Matt. 18?— 0. S. M. 

A trouble of this kind indicates that there is a 
wrong on one side or the other, and possibly on 
both. No two can walk together, either in the 
church, or out of it, except they be agreed, and 
the best time to settle their troubles is before they 
enter into church relation with each other, then 
they can walk together with the church and with 
each other without making a disturbance, Then, 
in burying the old man in baptism, it is proper that 
he should rise a new creature, to walk in newness ol 
life, and this he cannot do if some old trouble with 
one of the members still lingers in the heart. 
The principle, laid down in Matt. 5: 23, in regard to 
leaving the gifts at the altar until a reconciliation 
is effected with a brother, will apply to this ques- 
tion with special emphasis. 

Can any of our Fraternity be a practicing lawyer and remain 
a consistent member, or be held as a brother?—^/. E. D. 

Law is a good thing if used lawfully, and also a 
very necessary thing, and we presume that, if a 
brother were to practice law in the manner cred- 
ited to two Quakers living in Ohio, he could 
be held as a consistent member. Of them it is re- 
ported, that they would take no case into court 
that was not in harmony with the laws of the State, 
aad that under no circumstances would they plead 
tie wrong side of a case. When they found a cli- 
ent en the wrong side, or in fault, they told him 
so, and in all instances advised private settlements 
of difficulties. They became very popular, and 
proved an honor to their profession, as well as a 



blessing to their community. Few men can make 
themselves more useful than an honest and well- 
informed lawyer. But since the profession has be- 
come noted for unfairness, inconsistency, insinceri- 
ty and mere money-making, often regardless of 
principle, it is just as well for our Brethren to keep 
out of it, and also proper that the church insist 
upon them doing so. J. H M. 



— >* HOME * AND * FAMILY *w~ 



ENTERINQ IN. 

The church was dim and silent 

With the bush be f ore the prayer; 
Only the solemn trembling 

Of the crgao stirred the air. 
Wilhc.it, the sweet, pale sunshine; 

WithiD, the holy calm, 
Where priests and people waited 

For the swelling of the psalm. 
Slowly the door swung open, 

And a little baby girl, 
Brown-eyed, with brown hair falling 

In many a wavy curl, 
With soft cheeks flushing hotly, 

Sly glances downward thrown, 
And small hands clasped before her, 

Stood in the aisle alone. 
Stood half abashed, half frightened, 

Unknowing where to go, 
While, like a wind-rocked flower, 

Her form swayed to and fro; 
And the changing color fluttered 

In the little troubled face, 
As from side to side she wavered 

With a mute, imploring grace. 
It was but for a moment, 

What wonder that we smiled, 
By such a strange, sweet picture 

From holy thoughts beguiled? 
Up, then, rose some one softly, 

And many an eye grew dim, 
As through the tender silence 

He bore the child with him. 
And long 1 wondered, losing 

The sermon and the prayer, 
If when some time I enter 

And stand abashed and drocping 

In the portal's golden glow, 
Our Lord will send an angel 

To show me where to go? 

-Selected by Ella G. Fa 



RUTH'S EXPERIENCE. 

BY SADIE BRALLIER NOFFSINGER. 

It is hardly necessary to repeat the words which 
James Grant uttered, as he passed from his wife's 
presence and firmly closed the door. It would not 
be in the least edifying, and, indeed, I cannot even 
say it would be wise. Suffice it to assure the read- 
er that the silken thread, which had bound these 
two hearts together, was in danger of being snapped; 
and thereby hangs our tale. 

Who was to blame? James could not have told, 
nor yet could Ruth. They only knew that the fact 
existed, and over this knowledge they both brood- 
ed, and, as women will, Ruth shed some very bitter 
tears. In the lone watches of the night, she lay, 
battling with the misery which was eating like a 
canker at her heart, not knowing when it came, or 
how, wondering if it would ever cease, certain of 
but one thing, — that the joy had gone from out of 
her life, She knew not whither, but it had surely 
gone. 

Her eyes had lost much of their lustre, her lips 
much of their sweetness, and, altogether, her face 
revealed a havoc not made by time, for she had 
been a wife but three short years. One would not 
have thought it, but it was so. 

And with it all she had grown sullen. Perhaps 
this was what exasperated her husband most of all; 
and he continued to neglect her more and more. 
No reference, how ardent soever, to the virtues of 
other men's wives, aroused her from her lethargy; 
and even the example of his own mother's good- 
ness, which he continually set before her, was of no 
avail. She only grew more sullen and more cold. 



Now, if this were poetry or fiction, the countenance 
of this yearning, neglected, heart-broken wife, 
would daily grow more sweet and pure, until it fi- 
nally beamed with a grace celestial; her heart 
would daily offer morecostly sacrifices of tender- 
ness and love, and, beautified by her great suffering; 
she wou'd walk amongst men serene, benignant 
and adored. But Ruth was a creature of real life, 
who had only a human heart with which to love 
and bless and suffer, "templed in all points as we 
are tempted," and liable to stumble the same as we. 
S?, after the door had closed behind her husband, 
she sat down to brood, as was her wont. She re- 
called a great many things, and, with the rest, came 
the remembrance of Jean Ingelow's poem, "Divid- 
ed." She recollected how, in brighter days, she 
and James had read that poem together, and 
watched the little stream expand between these 
twain until it became a river so broad and vast, it 
could not be bridged, while sadly, regretfully, hope- 
lessly, (hey walked on and en, " each a faint speck 
on either side." In their new born happiness, they 
had wondered how two wedded hearts could ever 
become eternally estranged; and now that same, 
dread river, with its mournful sounds, was rushing 
swiftly between their lives, and, like an evil omen to 
her soul, arose the plaintive stanza; 

1 G'itters the dew and shines the tlver 

Up comci the lily and dries her bell; 
But two are walking apart forever 

Atd wave their bands for a mute farewell." 

A sudden terror seemed to strike her poor heart 
numb. Might it be that for thii' feet, also, there 
was " no backward path and no returning"? She 
feared it was even so. Dazed and bewildered, like 
the desola'e woman in the poem, she thought, 
" How hard to fall™ with lip; that quivrr 
That moving speck on the far off sidel " 

How long she sat there she never knew. It 
might have been hourr, it might have been but a 
few brief moments, For thoughts follow each oth- 
er wi'h maivelous rapidity, and misery is eternal 
while it lasts. At all events she was aroused by'*'' 
soft hand nestling on her shoulder, and a sweet, 
molherly voice, which said: "You look ill, child, 
Tell rne what it is all about." 

Yes, it was the saint of (he neighborhood, wherh 
everybody called Aunt Agnes. Her kindly "Tell 
me all about it, child," did not imply that she 
would tell somebody else. She was trusted as uni- 
versally as she was loved, and the only jewel with 
which she adorned herself, was that " charity which 
Ihitiketh no evil," To the sorrowful and sick and 
poor she was comfort and health and riches, all in 
one, I remember how her blessings fell like bene- 
diction on the heart, — for in the olden time she 
blessed me alsol 

And Ruth was in need of just such a friend to 
comfort and to instruct her. Her pride relented, 
her spirit broke, and almost before she realized 
what she did, she was sobbing fotth all the story of 
her woe,— how weak she was, how unfitted for a 
housekeeper, how unfitted for a wife, how she and 
her husband were drifting apart, farther and far- 
ther, slowly, though surely, and how the sorrow 
tempests had surged against her breast until her 
heart was broken, 

Hollow flittery is no kiiidne<s to any of us, and 
some one has even gone so far as to aver that our 
best friends are those who tell us of cur faults. Of 
this truth Aunt Agnes was a living testimony. 
Moreover, she was not an adherent to the opinion 
that all men are selfish, and all wives martyrs. 
Rather she was a type of that superior womanhood 
whose chief virtue lirs in teaching the younger 
women " to be keepers at home, to love their chil- 
dren, to love their husbands." She arched her 
spectacles a trifle, — those dear spectacles with the 
broad brass rims, and took the tearful face within 
her two soft hands. 

" Child Ruth," she began, " each heart hath its 
secret burden. We cannot share it with others, 
We scarcely understand it all ourselves. We fam- 
ish, we weep, we try to pray; and, at last, like the 
bard of Israel, we wail: ' Oh, that I had wings like 



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THE GOSPEL MESSErNGEK,. 



a dove, then would I fly away, and be at rest! ' 
But we cannot fly from our sorrow any more than 
David could. We can only take it to the gentle 
Burden-bearer, and he will help us bear it. Aye 
Ruth, he verily and truly will. 

" Much of our sorrow comes because we do not 
trust the Lord enough. Day by day we need to 
walk by faith, for trials beset us on every side. We 
make a grave mistake when we believe that married 
life is all a dream. It is only then that we begin to 
wake, and there are many things to vex and try the 
heart. These ' trifling things,' as some thoughtless 
people are pleased to term them, are often the seat 
of conjugal discord. We need to trust our laundry- 
ing, and darning, and bread-baking, to the Lord, 
We need the stronger arm to bear us up, and void 
of it we faint and sometimes fail utterly, Do not 
think I love you any less, dear Ruth, when I tell 
you that I fear you have been most to blame. You 
have endeavored to bear the daily cares of life in 
your own strength, and, failing in this, as all mor- 
tals must, you have wearied your husband with 
much fretting, and shut life's gladness from you 
both. Make more sunshine for your husband, and 
he will repay you with his love a hundredfold, 
You were created to be his helpmeet, not his dis- 
couragement. A wife cannot well be cheerful 
while her heart is breaking, but Ruth, dear, hearts 
do not break while they are resting safely in God's 
care." 

"All's well that ends well," Shakespeare de- 
clared, and, with Ruth's heart, we know that all is 
well, while to her joy there will never be an end, 
for it is the joy of a life hid with Christ in God. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

AN UNEXPECTED SERMON. 

A gentleman was once traveling in Virginia, aod 
about the close of the day, he stopped at a wayside 
hotel for supper, and to stay all night. In a few 
moments a plain-looking old man alighted from his 
twiggy, and he, too, was there to spend the night. 
The gentleman saw that the old man was of the 
honest, clever sort, so they entered the hotel to- 
gether, after exchanging some words of greeting. 
Only a short time passed when three or four young 
men came in. Some, if not all of them, were young 
lawyers, and they were full of interest about their 
profession. After the usual arrangements were 
made for their entertainment, they were all seated, 
and the conversation was begun by one of the 
young lawyers, about an eloquent harangue that 
had been that day delivered at the bar. Another 
young man replied that he had heard, the same day, 
eloquence equal to it, but it came from the pulpit, 
instead of the court-room. This reply aroused the 
first speaker, and he jeered at pulpit eloquence. 
This stirred the company of young men into an ex- 
cited discussion. The Christian religion was dis- 
cussed thoroughly from six o'clock until eleven. 
Every argument for and against it was brought 
forth. While some declared there was good in it, 
others would argue against it, in lawyer style. The 
old gentleman had not entered into any of their ar- 
guments, but sat quietly listening. He noted each 
point in their argument, and drew his own conclu- 
sions about the destiny of each young man accord- 
ing to his principles. He thus added to his own 
stock of knowledge while he studied human nature, 
While he sat there his heart was stirred, and he 
prepared an argument for them which he knew 
could not be resisted, for in his breast he held firm- 
ly fixed the principles and experience of true relig- 
ion. There seemed to be no hope of settling the 
question, for none would be convinced by the oth- 
er's arguments. All at once one young man seemed 
to become conscious of the old man's presence. 
He whirled around, and asked in a familiar tone, 
" Well, old gentleman, what do you think of these 
things? " 

The traveler who had entered the hotel at the 
same time with the old gentleman, had heard the 
whole matter, and now he was surprised and the 
amazement of the young men was great, The old 
man then gave them his answer, For one hour he 



proved his eloquence, for he spoke to them earn- 
estly, with perfect simplicity and pathos, of the re- 
ligion of Jesus, following up each point of their 
own argument with such strong proof that they 
could find no room left for them now. 

What a surprise to these high-minded young fel- 
lows! They wondered who this man was who could 
thus reply, and who had heard all their words. 

A fear filled them that perhaps he was the man 
who had spoken from the pulpit and whose elo- 
quent discourse they had used for the base of their 
discussion. 

No, it was not he, but it was Chief Justice Mar- 
shall who had addressed them. Now their time 
had come to think, and they went to their retire- 
ment somewhat sobered and defeated— Youth's 
Friini. 

HONEST BEAUTY. 

A well known London lady of fashion startled 
her friends one night by appearing in a drawing- 
room with hair almost white. Many acquaintances 
recognized her with difficulty. They had been ac- 
customed to seeing her with jet-black hair. 

" Oh yes," she exclaimed, when rallied upon her 
change in appearance. " I am weary of having my 
hair dyed every week, I am going to run the risk of 
being called an old woman." 

But in reality she had not taken any risk of hav- 
ing her increasing age commented upon. She 
looked younger with her white hair than she had in 
her glossy black dye. Her face and complexion 
were brightened by contrast and she was handsomer 
and more youthful than ever. 

In order to grow old gracefully one must not be 
unduly anxious to cheat Father Time out of his 
dues. A contented spirit is the best fitting mask 
forage. — Youths' Companion 



THE HUSBAND AND THE WIFE. 

It is frequently the case that husband and wife 
differ much both in natural temperament and in the 
I general view which they take of life. But if they 
are wise and good they will surely grow together 
with the advancing years. Serious disagreement on 
important issues imperils the happiness and even 
the salvation of the family. If the parents lead 
separate and antagonistic lives, they cannot hope to 
have a united and harmonious household. As there- 
fore they love their children, and wish them well for 
time and eternity, let them compromise their differ- 
ences and come to a perfect and affectionate under 
standing. Each one should be willing to give up 
something. If the spirit of genuine love prevails, 
time will do all the rest. — Chtistian Advocate. 



-- >«* CORRESPONDENCE *-— 

st, and send ii 



CS^Churcli N«:«s sulkiu:,] 1 r this Department. H you have had a goo 
eeting, send a report of it, so that others may rcj.-icc v.ilh you. In writinj 
vcuame of church, county and state. Be brief . Notes of Travel should b 
brief as possible. Land or other advertisements are not solicited for thi 
apartment. Our advertising columns afford ample room for that purpose. 



A Book for All. 

I have jnst finished reading the "Juniata Bible 
Lectures" by Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh and can surely 
recommend it as safe teaching in every home, The 
Book of Ruth is one I always admired, but, since 
reading these lectures, the story possesses new inter- 
est, and I take up my Bible and read and reread the 
simple narrative, until it becomes more real and 
vivid to the mind. The choice Ruth made was an 
index of her true, beautiful character, and it was 
made for life, — there was no wavering, no doubting, 
no recanting. The work was thorough, because she 
put her heart into it. She said to her mother-in law, 
" Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from 
following after thee, for whither thou goest I will 
go, and where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people 
shall be my people and thy God my God." Beauti- 
ful language, and spoken in earnest, which v/as fully 
proved by her devotion to her mother-in-law and 



to her God. What an example to us, who have 
taken similar vows upon ourselves, and who pro- 
fess to be the Lord's followers! Ruth teaches a 
lesson of constancy, of pure devotion and steadfast- 
ness of purpose, 

Parents, get the book, that your children, as they 
sit around the evening lamp, may become inte rested 
(as they surely will) in this interesting story. It is 
a book for all ages, but especially for the young 
men and women, who are just starting out in life. 
It is so plain and practical that it cannot fail to 
touch the heart and awaken desires to live a better 
life, and to be pure, earnest and religious as Rulh 
was. 

While all the chapters are rich and full of instruc- 
tion, the " home-coming" of Ruth, after her day's 
work is especially touching, and appeals to those 
who are children, and to parents who provide homes 
for children. "Where hast thou gleaned today? " 
was the question asked by the mother-in-law as the 
daughter returned from her daily toil, and it is a 
question that concerns many parents to-day. Give 
your children a chance to read about these interest- 
ing people, and you may be glad of it by and by. 
Wealthy A, Burkholder. 

Ntwbutg, Pa, 

[This book may be ordered from the Messenger cflice, 
Price, 80 cents— Ed.]1 



The Cuban Sufferers. 



We have to-day from the Central Cuban Relief 
Committee, appointed by the President, the follow- 
ing:— 

" Multitudes of the peasantry, who have taken no part in 
the war, are suffering for the barest necessaries of life, and 
thousands have already died of starvation." " In consequence 
of the stringent martial laws, tillage was prohibited, and there 
has been neither sowing or reaping for several seasons. The 
result is wide-spread famine, which is gradually becoming 
worse, and, unless substantial help is soon extended, the sac- 
rifice of human life from hunger alone will be appalling." 

"According to figures published in the press of Havana, by 
the fi'ar/o, an irjJluential newspaper, there are now 99,312 
persons in a single province,— Mantan/as,— who are absolutely 
without resources. Up to November 30, 1897, 20,044 bad per- 
ished of burger, while 17,456 had disappeared, many of whom 
had doubtless also succumbed to want. At this lime there are 
in the same province over fo.cco persons, of whom 2o,oco 
are women, and 24.000 are children, actually starving. Of 
these it is declared by the physicians, that a majority will 
surely die of the diseases induced by famine. The same 
authority adds that in all the provinces fully 200,000 pacificos 
(non-combatants) have already died of hunger, and an equally 
large number must miserably perish from the same cause, un- 
less relief is speedily afforded." 

It seems to me that these revelations must awak- 
en a deep sympathy for this unfortunate people. 
The question is one of humanity alone: Shall these 
unhappy sufferers be permitted to perish of want 
and starvation, while we have abundance? 

The following cablegram from Consul General 
Lee, gives in detail all articles that are urgently 
needed to alleviate the suffering in Cuba: 

Havana, Jan. 11, 1898, 
Centkal Cue^n Relief Committeb, 
Temple Court, N. Y. 
Summer clothing, second-hand or otherwise, principally for 
women and children, medicines for fevers, including a large 
proportion of quinine, hard bread, Hour, cornmeal, bacon, rice, 
lard, potatoes, beans, peas, sail, fish, principally codfish, any 
canned goods, large quantises condensed milk, blankets and 
charcoal; money will also be useful to secure nurses, medi- 
cines, and for many other necessaries." (Signed) Lee. 

I am also informed by the Committee, that favor- 
able reports have been received from railroad presi- 
dents, in regard to free transportation for all sup- 
plies and donations for the suffering Cubans, 
Whatever is to be done, ought to be done quickly. 
W. R. Miller. 

Chicago, III,, 162 Loomis St. 



The world is hard and rude; the world is blind 
and stupid; the world often fails to know its best 
friends and its truest benefactors; but there is no 
crust of stupidity so crass and dense but that 
through it there will pass the penetrating shafts of 
light that ray from the face of a man who walks in 
fellowship with }z%M.—Maclar(tt. 



THE GOSPEL MESSEZtsTGEK,. 



Selection! f rom "Do Not £ay."-No. 



itbe 



Thh following selections have been made fro 
little book, " Do Not Say." It is in the last year's 
course of reading in "The Missionary Reading Cir- 
cle," and should be read by every one. If you are 
opposed to mission work, it is just what you need, 
for in it you will find any excuse you will ever have 
occasion to use. If you favor mission work you 
should have it, because in it you will find every ex- 
cuse answered thit you will be liable to meet. Send 
for two or three copies and give to your ministers. 
It only costs ten cents a copy. 

SELECTIONS. 

China Teemikg Millions!— Yes, over three hun- 
dred millions! Would you like to see them pass 
thirty eviry minute? Then you must stand there, 
never tiring, never sleeping, closely watching, night 
and day, week after week, month alter month, for 
more than twenty years! And then you will have 
seen the people of that one country only. The 
teeming millions of other heathen lands will have 
yet to follow! Or put it this way: If you want to 
preach once in your church, which holds six hun- 
dred, to the heathen who are living now, you must 
have a seivice every day for four thousand seven 
hundred and eighty years,— that is, seven hundred 
and eighty ycjrs longer than from the creation to the 
birth of Christ. Supposing you began preaching 
the year our Lord was bom, and had gone on, tv,-ry 
day since, until now, there would remain by far the 
largest half who had not yet had their turn! And 
amongst these thousands of millions we send out a 
little handful of missionaries, and expect to hear 
thit half the world is converted! 

Well, What Will WbSav?— Whatindeed! I for 
one am at a loss what we can say. After puzzling 
over this question, and casting about in all directions, 
to lay hold of something which we might reasonably 
urge as our excuse, I am obliged to give it up. If 
our Master returned to-day, to find millions of peo- 
ple unevangelized, and looked, as, of course, he 
would look, to us for an explanation, I cannot imag- 
ine we should have one to give. Of one thing I am 
certain, — that most of the excuses we are accus- 
tomed to make with such a good conscience n 'zo, we 
should be wholly ashamed of then." 

Another Excuse— Oh at best they 

are "only heathen Chinese." Only heathen Chinese! 
But, only " heathen Chinese" have sins, and pains, 
and sorrows, and hearts to feel them, too, the same 
as you. " Heathen Chinese" are brothers 
ters whom Jesus bids you love. Even "heathen 
Chinese" have souls to be saved or lost, and I sup- 
pose it was for "heathen Chinese," as much as for 
you, that the Savior shed his blood. 

God does not expect the unconverted to preach 
theG:spe!to the heathen. He expects his disci- 
ples to do it. The privilege of carrying the good 
tidings has not been entrusted to others. The 
charge has been entrusted exclusively to us. What, 
then, can we ssy, if our Master returns to d3y, and 
finds, that, after nineteen centuries, more than half 
the world is utterly unevangel r zed? "The Gospel 
to every creature," — a plain command. Millions 
who hive never heard it, — a simple fact. What are 
we going to say? Can we say, "We do not know 
the command? " 

Oh, it is a cruel shame, a disgrace to the church 
of Christ, that we are almost at the close of the 
nineteenth century, and millions of our fellow men 
have never heard of Jesus yet, — redeemed, but they 
do not know it. No one has gone to them in the 
years that are past; and to multitudes of them 
one is going to-day. John R. Snvder 

Belle fontaine, Ohio. 



Notes x from « our .< worresponaents. 

a thirsty soul, so is good newa from a far country." 



NEBRASKA. 

aiterly council convened Jan. (. Our 
as reorganized with new officers. We decid- 
ies of meetings Jan. 2, to be conducted by the 
The:e meetings were continued two weekf, 
•erest— Sarah Mchlcrjan. iS. 

ce more revived by the coming of 
McCrea, Dec. 30, win, while here, 



Red Cloud.-Ou 

Sunday school was 
ed to begin ■ 
home minist 
with cxcellci 

Arcadia.— We w 
our aged brother, J 
preached thirteen sermons. Some were made to count the 
cost. Many are very favorably impiesse'd. Our Sunday 
school is moving a'.ocg nicely.— D M. Ross, Jan. 15. 

Strnlton.-Erettaren Henry Fry and G. H. Sharp, of the 
Cheyenne church, Kans., commenced meetings at the Wood 
schoolhousc, on the evening of Jan. 7. Bro. Fry remained for 
three sermons, then Bro. Sharp continued the meetings until 
the followini,' Sunday night, with good interest and good at- 
tendance. Some seemed deeply impressed.— C. A. Wray, 
Jan. 18. 

Martin.— Eld. H. W. Strickler, of Loraine, 111., commen-ed 
meetings here on the evening of Ja 
Jan. 16, pleaching thirteen sermons, 
lions and good interest. The Brelh 
most of the people. There were tw 
Others are almost persuaded.—/:'// 
Jan. iS. 

Cambridge —Bro. Geo. Mishler, of Kinzie, Ind., commenced 
a series of meetings at the Afton schoolhouse, ten miles north 
of Cambridge, Jan. i, and preached ten sermons to fall houses. 
This is a new point, where none had ever heard the Brethren 
preach. Bro. Mishler made (juite a stir among the people, as 
he did not shun to declare the whole Gospel.—/. S. Gripe, 
Jan. 13. 

Octavta.— Dec. 18 this church met in special council with 
Eld. L. M, Forney, of Kearney, Nebr,, and Eld. J. L. Snavely, 
of Alvo, Nebr , present, to assist us in ordaining an elder from 
among our ministers. The choice fell on Bro, J, B. Moore. 
He and his wife were duly installed, 



Wc had good congn 



applicants for baptis 
a M. F/ory, Chase C 



Bro. Fori 



of 



church. 






eeki 



Sumner.— B 

which began J: 
idditions, but : 
preaching 



, J. L. 



ilh interest.— John G. Kilhefncr 
actings here 



navely held twelv 
interest was good. There were no 
very near. I think if wc could have 
ring, about April, some would come 
the church. Very few had seen any of the Brethren before, 
ar.d our doctrine put ihcm to thinking. We have lived here 
ten year?, and this was the first meeting we had here.— Sarah 
Clause, Jan. jj. 

Bethel.— We met in quarterly council Jan. ». Eld. John 
Ikenberry requested to be rcl J eved of the oversight of the 
church. On account of inconvenience, age and infirmities, 
bis request was granted. Eld. D. B. Heiny was then select- 
ed to take the overs ; ght of the church. The members of 
Nuckolls County, Nebr., asked the privilege to organize them- 



selv 



crga: 



The 



- the 



large 



which was enlarged du 
er, is now fully completed. We now 
venient house of worship. Our Sunday school 
hundred and twenty for the last quarter. — J O, 
Say/or, Carleton, Nebr., Jan. i\ 

INDIANA. 

', Felthouse has moved to Jackson, 
■). He wishes to know of the nearest 

Brethren chcrch to that place. Who will inform him?— A //. 

Miller, Jan 14., 
Pigeon Rlv 



sr.-Eld. Isaac Rairigh commenced a series of 
, Jan. 1, and continued until Jin. 16, preaching 
While there were no accessions, we be- 
almost persuaded.— Artie Fast, Flint, 



twenty- four 
Hcve that si 
Ind., Jan. 17. 

Pipe Creek.-Bro. Henry Frantz, of Forgy, Ohio, 
us Dec. 31, and held a series of meetings, and remair 
Jan. 13, de'iveriog sixteen set mom. There were no 1 
to the church, but we think much good and whole 
struclion was given.— W. B. Dailey, Peru, Ind., Jan. i 
Beaver Dam.— We are in ihs midst of a very in 
series of meetings, conducted by Eld. Joseph Spitz 
night he preached to a house full of people, 02 the 
tion from the dead, and proved most conclusively from many 
Bible evidences, that there is a resurrection both of the just 
and unjust. Eld. Spitzsr is undoubtedly up-to date with any 
man on quoting Scriptare from memory, and giving every 
time, chapter and verses.—/. L. Kline, Sevastopol, Ind , Jan. 



Yellow River.— We have just closed an interesting series of 
meetings. Bro. Dani;l Wyseng, from Nappanee, came to us 
Jan. I, remaining until Jan. 17, preaching twenty-one sermons. 
Twelve were received into the church by baptism, and one re- 
claimed. Gocd attention wa» given daring the meetings, 
which closed with great interest.— Alice Voder, Bourbon, Ind., 
Jan. ij. 

Elkhart.— The members of the Elkhart City church met in 
council on Thursday evening, Jan, 13. We think of holding a 
love feast early in the spring. We are using the Prayer Meet- 
ing subjects, as given in the Messenger, in our social servi- 
ces, and are very much pleased with them. We feel to ihauk 
the Brethren for this Department of the Messenger. Those 

their social services by the proper use of these topics. We 
have preaching services every Sunday morning at 10: 30, and 
in the evening at 7 o'clock. Our Sunday school convenes at 
0: 15— -V. C. /Cindy, Jan. i$. 

OHIO. 

County Line— Bro. C. W. Keith, of Maplewcod, Shelby 
Co., Ohio, was with us on Sued ay evening, Dec. 0, and 
preached a very acceptable sermon.—/. I. Guthrie, Herring, 
Ohio, Jan. is. 

Middle District. -On Sunday evening, Jan, 2, Bro. Henry 
Gump, of the Hickory Grove church, came to us and labored, 
by giving nineteen soul-cheering sermons. Three souls were 
received by baptism, and two reclaimed, Good interest pre- 
vailed during the entire meetings— D. /'. Sollenberger, Fideli- 
ty, Ohio, Jan. 17. 

Brookville. — Bro. Silas Hoover closed an interesting seres 
of meetings last evening, at the Wolf Creek house, with fair 
attendance, considering the rainy weather and dark nights, 
He preached fourteen sermons. Three were received by bap- 
tism. We regret that Bro. Hoover could not stay longer, as 
there were otters near the kingdom.— D. L. ICiftse/, Jan. jS. 

UppsrTwln.— Bro. Aaron Brobaker, of Grat : s, Ohio, com- 
menced a series of meelings.in our Beech Grove hcuse, near 
Eaton, Jan 1, closing on the cveniug of the ctth. He gave us 
ten sound Gosp?l sermons, which were highly appreciated. 
The meetings should have continued longer, but the weather 
forbade. Goad impressions were made. S?me were surely 
counting the cost.— B. F. Petry, Gratis, Ohio, Jan. j3. 

Lima.— Bio S. G. Lehmer, of Los Angeles, Cal„ held a se- 
ries of meetings in the City of Lima, Ohio, He came to us Dec. 
29, and preached nineteen sermons in the assembly room nE 
the court house, with a very good attendance. Five made the 
good confessicn, and were received by baptism, Several 
more are near the kingdom. Bro. Lehmer preached his last 
sermon Jan. 16, and one more has requested to be baptiz^ 
next Sunday, which makes six addition!. We now have for'tv'- 
five members in the city.— W, H. R00J, io56 Fast lVay?:c St., 
Jan. 17. 

Tuscarawas.— I an pleased to report ttat a very interest- 
ing meeting has been held in what is known as the Zion 
churchhouse. The meetings began on the evening of Dec. 28, 
and closed on the evening of Jan. 12. The interest was excel- 
lent, and the attention the very best. In fact, a more atten- 
tive and orderly meeting I never attended. Bro. A. I, Hees- 
tand, of Smithville, Ohio, did the preaching. His sermons 
were well de-ivered and rich in thought. Eleven made the 
good confession, and were added to the church by baptism, 
Those received into the church were all young people, such as 
will be a great help to the church, Many mote were almost 
pevsuided.— Reuben Shroyer, Otterbein, Ohio, Jan. 14. 

Ludlow.— Dec. 21 Bro. W. Q Calvert, of Maybill, Adam3 
Co , Ohio, began preaching fcr us at the Georgetown bouse. 
Because of the increasing interest, the meetings continued un- 
til Jan. 16, with thirty accessions by baptism. Nearly all of 
this number are grown young people and married people, 
Jan. 2, Bro. John Calvin Bright, of New Lebanon, Ohio, began 
preaching at the Painter Creek houss, closing Jan. 16, with 
e'ght accessions by Christian baptism. These are all young 
people, and some of our best Sunday school workers. The at- 
tendance and inteiest at both of these meetings were very 
guid, and our church greatly encouraged. Bro. D, D. Wine 
is expected to preach at the Pitsburg house during a series 
of meetings, to be held in February. Bro, Lawrence Kreider, 
our Messenci'K agent, has placed fifty-two Premium Bibles 
in our community. Steps have been taken to build a new 
house of worship at Red River, a new point in our Ludlow 
district. The necessary funds have already beeu subscribed. 
Our evergreen Sunday schools are progressing nicely. Bio. 
Granville Minnich, one of our young and newly-elected minis- 
ters, is attending the Special Bible Term at North Manches- 
ter, Ind. — Levi Minnich, Painter Creel:, Ohio, Jan. 17. 



The individual who quits the church because 
somebody in it wounds his feelings, or because he 
dislikes the pastor, or because " there are too many 
collections," or because he is not duly appreciated, 
or for any other of a hundred similar reasons, sees 
more spots than sun, Generally, the church does 
not suspend when such people leave it. — Cumber- 
land Preibytcrien. 



Elkhart.— The cause bee is moving along in the good old 
way. In a city like this, the members are more or less transient, 
— moving in and out of town. Members who work in shops 
(and especially those who work after night), can not derive 
the same benefit frrm church services. It is seldom we can 
get the members together during the week, in day-time, for a 
council-meeting, hence the most of the councils are held in 
the evening. There should be a churchhouse more in the cen- 
ter of the city. Our house being on one side, makes it two 
miles, or more, for some of the members to walk. — J. H. Mil- 



OKLAHOMA TERRITORY. 

-Jan. S we met in council. Fou 



ved 



hr,\ 



.;$. 



Oak Grove. 

by letter, en; a miniate 

was decided to hold a 

20, by our home minis! 

our new churchhouse, Jan. 30. We wcl:ome any visiting min 

ister to help us in these meetings. — Hannah Howe, Daven 

port, Okla T.Jan. iS. 

Fair view. — We closed a two v 
Wednesday night, at the schoolhouse. Nine were receive) 
by baptism, and many are counting the cost. The meeting 
were condected by Bro. Daniel Gordon. The weather wa 
pleasant, attendance large, and attention good. — Lizzie Slcph 
enson, Pond Creek, Grant Co., Okla., Jan. if. 



. deacon, It 
I to dedicate 



cgs 



Jan. 2i), 



TI£E GOSPEL MESSENGBB. 



IOWA. 

Garrison—One sister was baptized to-day. and two sisters 
turned to the fold, who had gone astray. More are thinking 
usly, and we hope they will come soon -Lis:ie R. Pugh, 



77 



Jan. ,4. 

Rock Drove.— This church met in quarterly council Jan. 10. 
Our elder, J. F. Eikenberry, presided, assisted by Eld. Harvey 
Ekciberry. Bro. O. J. Beaver, our District evangelist was 
ordained to the eldership, and installed with solemnity.— Nel- 
lie G. Beaver, iXoya Springs, Iowa, Jan. 11. 



•■ met in quarterly conn 
in fund, etc., were nea 
since my last report. ( 
it, this being the first ti 
in. — Sara Goughr.our, E 



Des Moines Valley To-day 

Our donations to the poor, mis:-i 
S45- Two were received by letter 
Sunday school is growing in inters 
we continued over the winter seas 
hart, Iowa, Jan. IJ. 

Harlan.— I just came home from Audubon County, Iowa 
where I held some meetings at a new place, where the Breth 
ren had never preached before. We had a gcod intfrsst 
We will soon go back again. The meetings stopped on ac 
count of a snow-storm, I distributed some tracts, which were 
eager' y received— Jos. L. Myers, Jan. jj. 

Dickens.— Bro. W. H. Lichty, of Waterloo, came to us Dec. 
28, and preached each evening until Jan. 12, at which time 
Bio. S. H. Miller, of Waterloo, preached one sermon. Bro. 
Lichty conducted a Bible Notmal etch afternoon, in connec- 
lith the meetings. At the close the church held a choice 



for a de 
dead 



nda 



soffic 



Bn 



was called to the 
nd Bro. C. D. Reeves to the ministry.—/). //. 



South Engllsh.-O jr special Bible Term began Jan. 4. and 
clcsed Jan. 14 It was conluclel by home talent. The at- 
tendance was good, and the study of God's Word was entered 
into with /:al and earnestness. The work wastakiog the Bi- 
ble as a text boik, and studying it by subject pible reading. 
Ail expressed tbeaiselves as b:ing spiritually strengthened 
and built up, Alldesiie that we have another special tenn 
next winter.— .5. /•'. Brewer, Jan. 14, 

Boone River -Our last quarterly council was held Nov. 27. 
We organized our Sunday school for six months, from Jan. 1. 
Bro. J. E. McFarlen was elected Superintendent. The breth- 
ren here are to be commended for tteir energy in pushing tie 
Sunday school work, and the interest taken in the social meet- 
ines, and developing the singing talent of the church. Even 
outsiders voice the sentiment that we have better singing than 
accompanied by instrumental mus : c. We 
t the church each Sunday, and every ether 
iunday eveoing at a schoolhouse six miles distant. The in- 
t has been good.- John G. Schmidt, Jan. ib, 
TEXAS. 

■ 8, page 

""by J. F. Neher, and "The Work in Texas,"' by A. J. W 
there is an apparent d sogreement, but both are conect. Two 
of the eleven live in the Par.lnndle of Texas, and belong ti 
the Dstrict of Oklahoma, and, at the time of the willing c 
the anicle, Bro. L. H. Eby had not yet moved to Texas, bu 
still his name so appears in the Almanac. Since then Bro. S 
S. Redmon has moved out of the Dislrict, so we still have on 
ly eight ministers in the District.— A.J. Wine, Xocona Tex 
Jan. ,6. 

Blue Mound.-At our last council it was decided to hold : 
series of meetings. Eld. J. F. Neher will deliver a series 
doctrinal sermons, at Saginaw, beginning Jan- 21. There i: 
quite an interest at this place. We have an interesting Sun 
day school, with Bro. J. A. Bowman as Superintendent. Wi 
also have a Bible Reading Circle each Sunday evening 
These meet'ngs are largely attended by our young people. I: 
15 encouraging to see so many of our young people comine 
with the'r Bibles in hand. A few elder ones have become in 
terested, who had not read their Bibles for many years.— p 
K Bowman, Saginaw, Tex., Jan. :o. 



I where singing 
I have preaching 
-j* Sunday eveain 
terest has been 
1 fj. TEXAS. 

» AV Explanation.— In Gospel Messenger of Jai 
In. last colnmn, under the title, " Where our Minis 



Nocona — This church m:t in quarterly council Jan, I. Tbe 
sum of S3.50 was paid in for mission work. Letters of mem- 
bership were granted to Bio. S. S. Redmon, wife and daugh- 
ter, who moved to Oklahoma. It was decided to tuold a series 
of meetings in the near future, to be conducted by our home 
ministers, possibly assisted by Bro. J. M. Elliott. Jan. 15 the 
District Mission Beard met at the house of the Secretary. 
The chairman, Bro. S. S. Redmon, having left the District, 
Bro. F. K. Bowman, of Saginaw, Tex., was appointed to fill' 
the vacancy. Eld. J. M. Elliott, formerly of Houston, Tex, 
has been engaged by the Board to do evangelistic and mis- 
sionary work in Northern Texas. He will likely 
home in the Williams Creek church. He was present at the 
meeting, and will at once enter the work. Other matte 
looking to the advancement of the cause, were consider. 
Bro. Elliott will preach to-day in the Williams Creek cong 
gation.— A. J. Wine, Jan. 16. 

ARKANSAS. 

Knoxvflle— Our council-meeting, Jan. 15, was a pleasa 
one. It was held at the home of our elder, Henry Brubak. 
and, whilst some of our memb:rs have gone to other fields 
labor, others have been added. We feel to thank God, ai 
lake courage. Yesterday, at orir Bible meeting, the subje 
"as the second coming of Chiist. Many good thoughts we 
expressed. We have no churchhouse of our own. Meetini 
«e held every Sanday in other houses. We hope to have 
Aurchhouse during this year,— 7«. H. Parkins, Jan. 17. 



VIRGINIA. 

En.anuels.-Our elder, G. W. Wine, began a series of 
meetings at the Emanuels churchhouse, the last night of the 
past year, and continued until the night of Jan. 13 at which 
time his health did not permit him to continue any longer. 
Hie meeting was continued by ethers until to-day. There 
were no accessions to the church, but we are encouraged, and 
rejoice, knowing that good has been accomplished-/! / 
Miller, Sangerville, Va., Jan. to. 

Troutvllle.-The members of this congregation secured the 
services of Bro. C. S. Ikenbeiry, music-teathcr of Daleville 
College, to instruct a class in singing during the Holiday.'. 
We were well pleased with the manner of teaching, and we 
are much pleased with this way of spending our Holidays 
Bro. T. C. Denton and wife left Jan. 7, for California. Bio. |. 
A. Dove is now holding a series of meeiings at Haymaker- 
town.— cne of our preaching p ints.— J. L. Shaver, Jan. /,-. 

Oreenmount -The members of this church met in council 
today. Considerable business was fan-acted Four letters 
of membership were granted. This was our first meeting at 
this place sirce the erection of our new churchhouse, and, al 
though not yet quite finished, wc can now hold services in it. 
A report from the building committee shewed that the cost of 
this house, when complete, will be .-fo rt s,,6;o The dedica- 
tory services will b; held on the fiis; S mday in March.-/. 
Wm. Miller, Singers Glen, Va Jan. /J. 

KANSAS. 
Qulnter— Bro. G. M. Throne, of tie Maple Grove church 
just closed a very interesting seiies of meetings, beginning 
Jan 8, and ending Jan. 16. The Lord was surely with him 
and his heareis. Five were baptized .nt.o the fold < f Christ- 
DanielJ. Werts, Jan, /q. 

Pleasant (drove. -Last night we closed a very interesting 
series of meetings at this church, with a full house and the 
test of attention. Bro. W. H. Miller, of Westphalia, Kacs 
did the preachnj. He give us thhteen interesting and in- 
structive sermons. There were no additions, yet we feel that 
our meetings weie profitable ones.— Liaie Kling.Jan. :j. 

Sawyer -Bro. Glick commenced preaching here at the 
Sand Creek schoolhouse Jao. 2, and delivered fourteen ssr- 
mons to good congregations. Our brother has a rrood knowl- 
edge of the Bible, and gives chapter and verse for what he 
siys. In this respect I never heard his equal. We were all 
greatly built up by the meetings.-./ar^r X. Perty. fan. iS. 
Emporia — Bro. Geo. Mar.01, of Gypsum City, Kans., came 
1 us Jan 1, and continued Ihe meetings over three Sundays. 
The attendance was good, and attention the very best. Two 
ade willing to accept the Truth, and were buried with 
n baptism, and we believe there are others near the 
kingdom. As we are somewhat isolated here, we ask our min- 
itering brethren, when passing Emporia, to call and give us 
ome meetings. Give the writer a few days' notice, as I live 
six miies southwest of Emporia. I will gladly meet biethren 
at depot, when to notified.— D, W. Sloudcr, Jan. ji). 
PENNSYLVANIA. 
Pine Orove.-B.-o. D. H. Walker, of Lull, Pa., opened a 
series of meeiings at this place, Dec. 18, and continued until 
the evening of the 27th. Bro. Walker preached thirteen ser- 
mons, There were no accessions.— N. H. Blough, Davids- 
ville. Pa ,Jan,jj. 

James Creek.— Bro. Bii:e Sell began a series of meetings at 
the James Creek church, Dec 31, and closed Jan. It, preaching 
eighteen sermons. While there were no accessions to the 
church, yet the members we'e greatly strengthened in their 
Christian work.— Priscilla S. Brumbaugh, Jan. 17. 

Everett.-Bro. J. B. Miller, of Woodbury, Pa., gave a series 
of sermons in the Fairview meetinghouse, five miles northeast 
ol Everett, Pa. One came out oa the Lord's side, and was 
bapt'zed in tbe river near by. on Sunday last. By giving in- 
in singing, and preaching the Word with power, Bro. 
Miller helped to build up an interest, which, we think, will be 
I lasting good.—/. .5. Hershberger, Jan. is. 
Latlmore.-Bro. Orville V. Long, of Abbottstown, Pa., wto 
one of our home ministers, commenced a series cf meetings 
at the Latimore meetinghouse, Jan. 1, preaching every even- 
weeks, and visiting from house to house dur ng 
the day. Tte great interest taken in the meeting was mani- 
fested by the larg: and regular attendance. At (he close of 
the meeting seven pre:ious souli united with the church by 
baptism— John M. Reffcitiberger, Clear String, Pa., Jan. /j, 
DISTRICT OP COLUMBIA. 



ILLINOIS. 

Lena— I leave home Jan. 18, for a trip through Texas, 
New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. I may be addressed as 
follows: Barstow, Texas, till Feb. S ; Villa Park, Colo., till 
fell. 12; Rocky Ford, till Feb. .8; and Summerfield, Kan* 
till Feb. 23.—/). B, Ely, Jan. 16. 

Mt. Carroll.-The church at this place met in quarterly 
council Jan. .2. Although the day was rainy, quite a good 
number of tbe members came together. All business ol the 
meeting passed off agreeably and harmoniously. Bro. P. R. 
Kellner commenced preaching last evening, for us here in 
town.— If. If. Eisenbise, Jan. ?,. 

MISSOURI. 

Pleasant Vlew.-The new church is now completed, and 
was dedicated on Sunday, Jan, o. Bro. Josiah Ellenberger 
preached at ,1 A. M, and at night. This congregation now 
has two churcbhouses in its limits. Wc are expecting to have 
a protracted meeting in a short tinie.-A/,,^,, Clemens, Stel, 
Mo , Jan. //. 

laforge— The members here appointed a love feast for 
New Years evening, and commenced a scries of meetings on 
Christmas Day, previous to tie love feast, and continued 
meetings every night till Jan. t, the time appointed for our 
feast, when about thirty-five members surrounded the Lrrd's 
table, and we surely had a glorious feast. The churchhouse 
vas well Idled with spectators. Wc continued meetings each 
iventng until Jan 5, when we closed with good congregations 
ind good attention. The meeiings were conducted by our 
mme ministers, and, although there were no immediate accts. 
tens, we know that lastiog impressions were made, that will 
tot soon be forgotten, Any of the Brethren traveling through 
ieie, are invited to stop off and visit our members. You will 
find them all sociable, and they will make you feel at home 
After our feast at the chuich, a few of the members went to 
the home of a dear sister, lying near death's dooi, and had a 
Communinn service with her.— Tabilha Crura, Firrenbire 
Mo., Jan, 14. 

LOUISIANA. 
Lake Charles.— Bro. S. A. Honbarger, of Roanoke, La, 
was with us over Sundry, and preached for us in the evening! 
We are having a good little Sunday school, of ab.n.1 thirty 
scholars. Bro. Puterbaugh is our Superintendent. We hope 
have a Brethren church in Lake Charles before lore — / V 
Met-.ger, Jan. ,,. ^ ' ' 

Roanoke.-Dcc. 26 Bro. W. L. Bingaman, of Laplace, III., 
tommenced his lectures en the old vorld, with good atter d'- 
ince, and with much interest. They were very instructive, 
ind I think they will be'p the came at this place. He is ecu- 
iinuing his lectures at other points. The church here met in 
quarterly council Jan. 15. There was not much tuiiness be- 
fore the meeting, except the eleclion of cbureh r lli-ers for the 
year, and of making one more apponlment for rrgular 
preaching, at Welsh, La. It was deciied that each male 
member, consenting to do so, would put out one acre of rice 
for mission and church expenses.— S. E. Lewis Jan IS 

WEST VIROINIA. 

Maple Sprlng.-In Gospsi. Mhssevgeb. No. 3. the report 
from Maple Spring, reads, " Thiee applicants and one re- 
' limed." It should have said, "Seven applicants and one 

daimed."— D, G Judy, Eglon, W. Va., Jan. 17. 

=glon.-Jan. ,6 Bro, E. F. Fike preached for us at Maple 
Spring. Alter preach ng, he as) I aptized seven applicants 
who had applied for membenhip duiing a series of meetires 
held by Bro. I. W. Abernatby.-/;. G. lady Jan , 7 



Washington — The city love feast, Jan, 18, was a glorious 
'ent. More than forty communed; nine of the number were 
ministers. Bro. S. H. Utz officiated. There were present 
about two hundred spectators. At the conclusion, Bro. Hol- 
linger addressed the attentive lookers-on, in a brief but telling 
mannner. The Washington City mission, in bolh spirit and 
general work, is quite encouraging. B.-o. Hollinger is thor- 
oughly interested in the work and the plain, straight forward 
of Zion— /. X. H. Beahm, Brentsville, Va ,Jan. /q. 



MICHIGAN. 

Thornapple.-On Chris'mas night, Eld. Isaiah Rairigh, of 
Woodland, Mich, began a seiies of meetings at our west 
house, and closed on Sunday evening, Jan. 0, preaching twen- 
ty-one sermons. Our attendance was small, owing to other 
meetings in the neighborhood. We have no additions to re- 
port, yet we believe much good was doce.-C P. Leece. Elm- 
I dale, Mich., Jan. 10. 



OREQON. 

Coqullle Valley.-Our regular quaiteily council convened 
at our meetinghouse, near Myrtle Point. Jan. 8. Eld. John 
Bonewitz was chosen boasekeeper of this church. Steps were 
taken to purchase ground and to have cur meetinghouse 
moved into the town of Myrtle Point, Ore joung soul fol- 
lowed the example of our Savior, and was buried with him in 
holy baptism. Three others have united with the church since 
our last report. All those who have received the Premium 
Bible are well pleased with it.— Sarah A. VanDyke, Jan. 11. 

MARYLAND. 

Double Pipe Creek.-Our council at the Monocacy church 

tory to each minister, so they all may know their place and 
n " A committee of three was appointed to look up the 
ind villages where our brethren have never preached, 
and, if arrangements can be made, to have our ministering 
brethren fill appointments at such places, -Samuel Wet- 
bright, Jan. n, 

TENNESSEE. 
Mountain Valley — Bro. Mathias Nead cam 
and, during his stay with us, delivered sixteen aci , 
9 Bro. Henry T. Brubaker, of Chase, Kans., commenced 
week's meetings, preaching sixteen sermons. As a result of 
both meetings, sixteen were added to the church, and a good- 
ly number " almost persuaded."—/'. .17. Correll, Moreloek, 
Tenn., Jan. 18. 

COLORADO. 
Pueblo.— Bro. G. E. Studebaker has commenced his mis- 
sion work in Colorado, by meetings at Shivington, Rocky 
Ford, and up tbe Arkansas Valley to Pueblo.—/?. //. Patter- 
■~^,7an.4. 



s Dec. 5, 



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TIHIE GOSPEL lyEESSEHSTGEI^- 



Jan. 2 9p ifl 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



,ihe 



Notes from the Chicago Mission. 

— Et-d. Daniel Deardorff, of Franklin 
Grove, and Eld.D.B. Gibson, of Cerrogordo, 
III called at our mission home last week. 
These short seasons of Christian associalion,- 
especially, with ihosc of many years' c>.pcri- 
ence,— are always helpful to us; the expres- 
sions of interest from those who cannot come 
in person, are also a source of strength to the 

—The Sunday school and preaching services 
show an increase in attendance lately. Com- 
ing as it does, after the Christmas season is 
over, when there is no inducement whatever, 
to come for the "loaves'' and "fishes," we 
s a very promising and healthful 



growth. 

—A new class has been formed in Sunday 
school, with Sister Lena Wieand as teacher. 
A number of those who just entered, had never 
been in Sunday school before. 

—While visiting the family this week where 
four children have united with the church, we 
learned that these four read a chaptei from 
the Bible at meal-time, and conduct family 
worship. The "leaven" of truth is at work in 
this family. May it continue till they are all 
united in Christ's service. 

—Our industrial work, so far, has been al- 
most exclusively (or the girls and mothers. 
Recently, a few of our bright, ambitious boys, 
became eager to do something too, and they 
are now battling with needles and yarn, learn- 
ing to crochet or knit. We long for Hi 
when we may have suitable 
to be helpful to a hundred boys, 
dustry suitable to themselves, 
same purpose that we are no' 
number of girls,— to 
life that await them 

660 S. Ashland . 1 



odation 
1 lines of in 



Susie Forney. 



God Loveth a Cheerful Giver. 



Nine bright little 
Sunday school, each 
their teacher, last win 
way, 



, of the Wuodland 
ived a nickel from 

money. 
II,. v worked faithfully through the summer, 
d, just before Christmas, brought back to 
:ir teacher the amount of S5.22. Being 
,alce the choice where 
it, some said to the In- 
ie to the Smyrna Or- 



their teacher the a 
granted a privilege to 
the money should be : 
dia Orphanage, and s< 
phanage, and so it was sent there. 

All seemed to realize the blessed privilege 
they are enjoying, and would like very much 
to help those little suffering orphans to a 
pleasant home, where they would be allowed 
the grand privilege of learning about the dear 
Redeemer, that came from heaven. 

God bless the parents and those that encour- 
aged these little girls, and all others, that are 
willing, and are doing something for those that 
are in need- It is not how much we give and 
do, that pleases the Lord, but the willingness 
and love that is in our hearts. 

There are many little children, and, older 
ones too, that think because they have not the 
chance to earn money, and have nothing to 
give away, they can do nothing for the Lord, 
This is a great mistake. Dear little readers, il 
is not always necessary to have money to do 
mission work. You are missionaries, — each 
one of you. You can speak kind words, sing 
to the sick and down-hearted, pray for your 






While it was not 

:ient majority to grant the reqi 

is not, dining all the proceeding' 

:>rd or feeling manifested. 

On New Year's Day we met to organize. 
We have chosen Eld, David Dilling, of the 
Ucello church, to be our elder. We have 
thirty-four members, with an evergreen Sun- 
lay school. The Burnettsville church is now 
n charge of Bro, M. M. Sli 



1). A. Me 



Jan. o-. 



From Worthlngton, Minn. 

In the Messenger, a few weeks ago, it was 
stated that this church had chosen Bro. Harv- 
ey F.ikenberry as their elder. He declined, 
ivever, feeling that he had more burdens 
in he could bear, so District Meeting sent 
Bro. S. H. Miller, of Waterloo, Iowa, and 
;se Rolston, of Sheldon, Iowa, who came to 
Jan. 15, to inquire into our needs. A coun- 
was held, and two brethren were ordained 
to the eldership, namely, C. S. Hilary and 
William Kikenbcrry. Bro. C. S. Hilary was 
1 charge of the Worlhington church. 
Brethren D. H. Keller and Jacob Burkholder 
called to the ministry. A choice was 
held for two deacons, and there being a 
tie between three, the church decided to ac- 
cept all three, namely, Eli Ogg, Chris. Nickle- 
md W. P. Reed. 

vas quite an impressive scene to see as 
large a number as this to present themselves 
nstallation on Sunday morning, before 
public services. The sclmolhouse was packed, 
•ven then all could not get in. 
er this we listened to a good sermon 
from Bro Miller. He also preached for us at 
night. We feel to thank these brethren for 
their labor of love among us. 

e church here now has two elders, four 
iters, and five deacons. 



Lizz 



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-^OUR x BOOK x TABLE *- 

The February number of McClttre's Maga- 
itie will contain an historical document of 
very extraordinary interest. It is the account 
of Washington's last days from the manu- 
:ript diary of his private secretary, Tobias 
ear. Col. Lear was greatly trusted by Wasb- 
gton, was in constant attendance upon him 
uring his last illness, received his dying 
words and instructions, and witnessed his 
death. For the closing scenes in Washing- 
ton's life, this diary is the only original docu- 
ment, and it has never been published before 
in full, in any popular form. The original 
manuscript, indeed, has been generally sup- 
posed to be lost. It is, however, in the posses^ 
sion of a relative of Mrs. Leai 
es the publication in AlcClur 



, who authori; 



-In the Salem congrega 
•a., Jan 



daughter of Alfred and Rebecca Omdorff, 
aged IS years and 9 months. Interment at Sa- 
Funeral services by the writer, from 
Amos 4: 12. W. W. Wine. 

STOVER— In Baltimore, Md., Dec. I, 1897, 
Sister Nannie Stover, wife of Bro. J. M. Stover, 
a husband, a son, and four daugh- 
body was brought to the parental 
home, near Fairplay, Md., which is now occu- 
pied by a sister, as her parents, Dr. Valentine 
d Catherine Reichard," have gone before." 
rvices conducted in the Manor church, Dec. 
4, by our brother, Eld. D. F. Stouffer, from the 
xt, "The end has come." Her body was 
en laid to rest in the tomb. 

M. Alice Mumma. 
WEIDNER.— In the Indian Creek congre- 
ition, at her home in Nevada, Story Co., 
iwa, Oct. 27, 1807, of diphtheria, Sarah, wife 
of Bro. Joseph Weidner, aged 56 years, 9 
ind 19 days. She was born in Somer- 
set County, Pa. Her father died when she was 
II a child. At the beginning of the war she 
aved with her mother and step-father to 
Stark County, Ohio. After living there a 
short time, they moved to Waterloo, Iowa, 
she lived until the summer of 1870. 
as united in marriage with Joseph Wcid- 
nd then moved to Story County, where 
ved until her death. She sought the 
om of God, and united with the Brethren 
church at the age of sixteen years. She was 

[Other of three daughters and three so 
She leaves a husband, one daughter, tin 
and three step-sons. Her remains wi 
to rest in the Nevada cemetery. Serv 
by John H. Cakerice, from John 2: 28; Rev. 



WISE.— Near Bradford, Ohio, Nov- 24. 1897, 

oses Wise, aged 84 years, 5 months and 6 

days. Deceased was born in Lebanon, Ohio, 

June 18, 1813, and moved to the neighborhood 

of Bradford, Ohio, with his parents, 



Eliza A. Caker 



Bu 



Co., Io 

WEIDNER.- 



;, and do good to all 
parents teach their children t 
The Lord loveth cheerful giv 






erf ully 



From Burnettsville, Ind. 

We held our quarterly church cc 
Christmas Day. Elders Solomon Blickenstaff 
and W. S. Toney were present. The division 
of the Monticello church had been under con- 
templation for some time. The territory was 
thirty miles square, with two churchhouses 
The eastern part ot the territory presented 2 

petition, signed by the members living in it 

asking to be granted the privilege of an organ 
ization, to be known as the Burnettsville 

church, after the name of the town in which 

our house is located 
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- MATRIMONIAL - 



KEEDY— HERTZLER.— At the Old Folks' 
Home, Jan. 1, 1898, by T. G. Winey, Bro. Jesse 
Keedy and Sister Anna Hertzler, both of 
Booth, Kans. ELLA MILLER. 



FALLEN * ASLEEP 



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GAINER.— In the Mount Zion congrega- 
ion, W. Ya., Jan. 9, 1898, Bro. Israel P. Gainer, 
.ged 62 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was 
narried to Arminda Wells, forty-three years 
igo. Nine children blessed their union, six of 
whom preceded him to the grave. He leaves 
dow, one son, and two daughters. Sister 
Arminda has been an invalid, confined to her 
bed for twenty years. The eldest daughter 
has been an invalid for about seven years. 
Services at the home, by brethren J. K. Hols- 
berry and J. Monroe Wells. 

Myrtle Wells Poling. 



decided by ballot. 



BUCKWALTER.— In the Clear Creek con- 
gregation, Huntington Co., Ind., Geo. A. Buck- 
waiter. He was born in Hampshire Co., W 
Va. He leaves a wife and three daughters 
Two companions preceded him. He was a 
> houses being eight miles apart, the ! faithful member of the church for about thirty I Funeral 
located half way. The matter was] years. Services by the writer, assisted by Bro. J 1. He 1 



BURNS.— In the Salem congregat 
Oak, Ind., Jan. II, 1898, of paralysis, Nancy 
(Shock) Burns, wife of Michael Burns, aged 74 
years and n months. She was a devoted sis- 
ter. She belonged to the Brethren church fifty 
years. To this union were born nine sons and 
four daughters,— all members of the Brethren 
church, except two. Services by Bro. John 
Appleman, from 2 Tim. 7. Interment in 
Union cemetery. Lovina Zumbaugh. 

WEIDNER— In the same church, at Wa- 
terloo, Iowa, Oct. 14, 1897, of diphtheria, Lillie 
Grace Weidner, daughter of Bro. Joseph and 
Sarah Weidner, aged 16 years, 6 months and 
16 days. She went to Waterloo with her pa- 
rents, to attend the love feast at the South Wa- 
terloo church, where she took sick and died. 
She was taken into the church when but 
twelve years old. Her remains were laid to 
rest in the Brethren cemetery, at Waterloo, 
Iowa. The funeral was preached Jan. 2, by 
John H. Cakarice, of Conrad, Grundy 
John 2: 28. 
In the same church, and a1 
the same place, Nov. 12, 1897, of diphtheria 
Annie May Weidner, daughter of Bro. Joseph 
Weidner, aged 21 years, 8 months and 25 days 
She joined the Brethren church at the age of 
twelve years. As her brother was not permit- 
ted to be in the room, he looked in the window. 
She gave him good-bye, and tin 
him, and said, "We won't have 
bye in heaven." Funeral services at the time 
of her mother's and sister's, Jan. 2. 

WITTER.— At h»s home, four miles west of 
South Bend, Ind., Jan. 8, 1898, after an illness 
of about four weeks, of heart failure, Bro. 
George Witter, aged about eighty years. De- 
eased was born in Union County, Ind., Oct 
3, 1817. He came to St. Joseph County in 
833, where he has since resided. He was 
married Feb. 16, 1840, to Sarah Miller, who, 
th eight children, two sisters, and one broth- 
, survives him. Bro. Witter united with the 
German Baptist church forty-five years ago, 
and has been a deacon for the past thirty 
years. Funeral discourse from Rev. 14: 13. 

REAVIS.— In Clinton County, Ind., Jan. 6, 
1898, Mr. Enoch Reavis, aged 90 years, 5 
months and 26days. He was a member of the 
Primitive Baptist church. Funeral services in 
the Brethren church, by his pastor, from Rom. 
the Brethren's cemetery. 






843, he was 
ibeth Burget. 
daughters and four sons blessed their 
Four of the daughters preceded him. 
The loving wife died April 8, i860. Soon after 
larriage, he and his wife united with the 
n Baptist Brethren church, and he was 
fter elected to the office of deacon, 
faithfully fulfilling the duties of the position 
until his death. June 13, 1861, he was wedded 
Elizabeth Ulery. Two sons and two daugh- 
ters from this union survive him. About four 
became affected with a cancer on 
his lower Hp, which resulted in his death. Fu- 
neral services in the Harris Creek church, con- 
ted by Eld. Tobias Kreider, assisted by 
tbren Devault Crowcl and S. D. Royer. In- 

J. G. Porter. 

QUESENBERRY.— In the Fairview church, 

Douglas Co, Mo., Dec. 23, 1897, of consump- 

, Bro. John Quesenberry, aged 42 years, 10 

ths and 17 days. He was born and raised in 

Floyd County, Va. Nearly twelve years ago he, 

th his family, moved to Missouri. He joined 

e Brethren church four years ago. He 

wes a wife (a sister), and six children. Two 

e members, and three others have made a 

profession since his death. Funeral by Bro. 

F. W. Dove. Nannie Harman. 

f*BEAVER.— In the Buffalo Valley church^ 

" an Co., Pa., Jan. 7, 1898, Bro. Adam Beav- 

iged 81 years, 6 months and 27 days. Bro. 

ver was born in Union County, Pa., June 

816. He served the church as a faithful 

ister for a number of years. His aged 

panion, three sons and two daughters ! 



Funeral 



the Pike 



church, from 2 
Shively. 

KOWFFMAN.— Near Seward, Okla. T., 
Jan. 6, 189S, Sister Eliza Kowffman, wife of 
Joseph Kowffman, aged So years, 4 months 
and 15 days. About ten months before her 
death, she was anointed. She was a consistent 
member of the Brethren church for over Eg ,'y 
years. She leaves a devoted husband or \ri ! d 
four children. Three children preceded her 
to the spirit world. Services by the writer, 
from Rev. 14: 13. Geo. W. Landis. 

PAUL— In the Sweetwater Lake church, N. 
Dak., Jan. 6, 1898, of typhoid fever and hem- 
orrhage of lungs, Sister Francis Elizabeth 
Charleton Paul, aged 26 years, 3 months and 5 
days. She leaves a husband and one daugh- 
ter, about two years old. The latter is sick 
with the same disease (typhoid), and not ex- 
pected to recover. Funeral seivices by the 
writer, in Devil's Lake City, in the Presbyteri- 
an church. Text, Acts n: 16. 

S. N. Eversole. 

WOLF.— In the bounds of the Four Mile 
congregation, Ind., of consumption. Sister Sa- 
rah {.nee Bryant) Wolf, aged 55 years, 10 
months and 5 days. She was born in Flem- 
ings County, Ky„ March 15, 1842, and was 
narried to G. W. Wolf, about 1861. To this 
jnion were born three daughters and one son. 
Dne daughter preceded her to the spirit world. 
5he united with the Brethren church in May, 
1897. Funeral services by Bro. S. W. Payton, 
from Job 14: 10. Interment in the Lick Creek 
cemetery. Stella Fiant. 

BOWMAN —At the home of her son, in the 
Waddams Grove church, 111., Jan. 5, 1898, Sis- 
Catharine E. Bowman {nee Rutter) wife of 
Bro. P. H. Bowman, aged 64 years, 10 months 
7 days. She was born in Huntingdon 
County, Pa., Feb. 18, 1833. She lived a con- 
sistent member of the Brethren church for a 
number of years. She leaves a husband and 



E. M 



G. B. He 



DORSEY HODGDEN, 



HAMMON.— In the Washington church 

osciusko Co., Ind., Jan, 4, 1898, Bro. Abra- 

im Hammon, aged 47 years and 14 days. 

by the writer, from 2 Cor. 5 

afflicted companion. 

H. H, Brallier, 



He 



; laid t 



ithe 



: Pet. 



netery. Sep 

1: 18, 19. 



CATON.— At Goshen, Ind., Jan. 5, 1898, 
George Caton, aged 74 years, 5 months and 15 
days. Deceased was born July 21, 1823, in the 
State of Maryland. He came to Indiana 
about fifty years ago. He was married to Miss 
Anna J. Ludwick, Jan. 20, 1855. Six children 
were born to them, two of whom preceded him 
to the spirit world. He united with the church 
a little more than two years ago. Services by 
the writer, assisted by Wm. Hess, from Hosea 
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BRUNK.— In the Appanoose church, Frank- 
lin Co., Kans., Jan. 6. iSgS, Arhe Earl, son of 
Bro. J. E. and Sister Lucy Brunk, aged i year 
and 7 days. Funeral services by brethren C. 
T. Heckman and John Sherfy, from Matt. 19: 
14. James T. Kinzie. 

RABER. — In the asylum at Logansport, 
Ind., Dec, 28, 1897, Henry Raber, aged 70 
years, 5 months and 3 days. He emigrated 
from Brunswick, Germany, to America, in 
1851. He was married to Sister Margaret 
Priser in 1856. To this union were born five 
children. The mother and four children pre- 
ceded him to the spirit world. He was a 
member of the German Lutheran church. 
Services by the writer, from Matt. 16: 27, in 
the Presbyterian church, in Packerton, Ind. 
Daniel Snell. 

EIKENBERRY.— In the Four mile church, 
Union Co., Ind., Jan. 2, 189S, Elizabeth («« 
Brower) Eikenberry, aged 53 years, 7 months 
and 7 days. She was born May 25, 1844, and 
was united in marriage to Daniel Eikenberry, 
Feb. 2, 1868, who preceded her to the spirit 
world 5 years, 6 months and 5 days. To this 
union were born four sons and three daughters. 
She was a consistent member of the German 
Baptist church, for over twenty years, and was 
seriously ill for several months. Funeral by 
Eld. Jacob Rife, assisted by brethren Henry 
Fadely and Carey Toney, from 2 Cor. 4: 16-18. 
Sallie D. Lohrer, 

ZIGLER. — In the Somerset congregation, 
Wabash Co., Ind., Dec. 3, 1897, Sister Eliza- 
. beth A. Zigler, aged 91 years, 4 months and 2S 
days. Funeral by Bro. E. E. Brubaker, of the 
Wabash church, from 2 Cor. 5:1. 

Newton Wolf. 

HERSHBERGER.— At the home of one of 
her daughters, Grant County, Ind., Dec. I, 1897, 
Sister Elizabeth Hershberger, aged 80 years, 6 
months and 4 days. Her husband, John 
Herihberger, preceded her to the spirit land 
forty-two years. She joined the church in her 
young days. To this union were born nine 
children, two of whom were laid away in infan- 
cy. She leaves seven children. Her remains 
were brought back to the Nettle Creek church, 
the place of their old home, and laid beside 
her husband, at the Cheago church, where the 
fur "nil was improved by the writer, assisted 
o> Jd. Lewis Kinsey, from Rev. 14: 12, 13. 
Abraham Bowman. 

DRIVER.— In the Linville Creek church, 
Rockingham Co., Va., Nov. 30, 1897, of paraly- 
sis and heart trouble, Bro. David Driver, aged 
79 years, 7 months and 5 days. He leaves an 
invalid wife, two sons and two daughters. In- 
terment at the Wampler cemetery. Funeral 
services by the Brethren. 

SPITZER.— In the same church, Dec. 27, 
1897, of consumption, Sister Mary, daughter of 
Bro. Jonas Spitzer, and wife of Bro. Jacob H. 
Spitzer, aged 43 years, 8 months and 8 days. 
A husband and one daughter lament their 
heavy loss. Interment at the Linville Creek 
cemetery. Services by Eld. J. P. Zigler and J. 
S. Kline. 

RUNION.— In the same church, Jan. 4, i8g8, 
Bro. Reuben Runion, aged about 65 years. He 

Trissel graveyard. Services by Eld. John P. 
Zigler and Eld. Abraham Shank, of the Men- 

BRENNER.— Near Brozdway, in the same 
church, Dec. 31, 1897, friend I. Frank Brenner. 
He was widely known. He was a member of 
the Presbyterian church. Interment at Lu- 
theran Raders church cemetery, near Timber- 



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BRUMBAUGH.-In the Palestine church, 
Darke Co., Ohio, Jan. 6, 1898, Sister Lydia 
Brumbaugh, nee Stutsman, aged 79 years, 1 
month and 25 days. Deceased was born in 
Montgomery County, Ohio, Nov. 11, 181S. She 
was married to George Brumbaugh, in 1838, 
and moved to Darke County, Ohio, in the 
spring of 1841. She lived in said County until 
her death. To the above parents were born 
ten children, — four sons and six daughters. 
The father, two 50ns, and four daughters pre- 
ceded her. She united with the German Bap- 
tist church at the age of twenty-two years. 
Services by Eld. Tobias Kreider, from Rom. 
5: 10. Daniel Bausman, 

ROOT,— In the Coquille church, near Myr- 
tle Point, Ore., Willie Forest, son of Bro. Heze- 
kiah and Sister Ivy Root, aged 2 months and 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

EDITORIAL.— 

Items Y; . .Si, 88 

The Use oS the Word in Conversion, 8S 

Room lor Working Preachers -. 89 

Annual Meeting Queries ■ s 9 

Querists' Department - • 89 

The Oldest Story of the Deluge, 9° 

P0ETRY,- 

Immortality. Selected by Ella G. Famous 82 

Watch and Pray. By Wm. P. Wertz S5 

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ESSAY DEPARTMENT.— 

The Sixth Beatitude. ByT. T. Myers 82 

Watchman, what of the Night? Secrecy. By I. J. Roscnberger, ..82 

Irreparab'eSins. By Howard Miller Sz 

On the Way to India— No. ro.— By S.N. McCann 83 

Election. By Noah Longanecker 83 

The Cross. By A. Hutchison s 4 

Temptation. By Lucinda Stouffer 84 

Two Pictures. By W. R. Dceter 85 

Soul-inspiring. By E. B. Bagwell 85 

How I Quit. By B. F. Miller 85 

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL,— 

Lesson Light-Flashes . . 8; 

SERMON OUTLINE — 

Conversion. Byjas. A. Sell . . . 85 

OUR PRAYER MEETING,— 

i\ The Sc hool of Christ— Matt. 11:29. & B S 

F«S k , C"u.;« iSOPLE,- 

Brldgewater College. By W. P. Engler 86 

Where Art Thou? . . 86 

Why He was Healthy and Happy . . 8C 

What a Boy Did in One Year 86 

Cultivating Good Graces 86 

GENERAL MISSIONARY AND TRACT DEPARTMENT,— 

Items 87 

Mission Work— No. 5-— Its Success Predicted in Three Missionary 

Psalms— Psalm 67, 87 

Mission Receipts lor December, 1897 87 

HOME AND FAMILY,— 

Don't Neglect the Children. By Maggie Clemens, . . . ; . 91 

The Tragedy oi Tragedies, 91 



^EDITORIAL i MISCELLANY^- 

For the last few years a good deal of attention 
has been given to the advisability and practicability 
of opening up a good water-way between Chicago 
and the Atlantic coast, by way of the great lakes 
and some of the rivers. Various routes are being 
considered and in course of time the one costing 
the least will probably be agreed upon. And then, 
as time goes by, we may look for the opening of an- 
other route between New Orleans and Chicago, so 
that large vessels from either the South or East, 
may discharge or take on their cargoes at Chicago. 
Such an arrangement would make this city the most 
important commercial center in the western world, 
if not in the whole world. However, there was 
doubtless a time when a great body of water ex- 
tended all the way from Lake Michigan, down the 
Mississippi Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. This, of 
course, was before the dawn of history, when some 
unknown race inhabited this country and enjoyed 
its advantages under circumstances quite different 
from what we do. Though they may have had 
their great centers, still they never dreamed of 
great cities like Chicago and New York, nor did 
they think of the steam vessels that ply our waters, 
the iron bands that span the continent, or the wires 
that run in every direction. What changes have 
come over the country since then, and who knows 
but that still greater changes may be brought about 
before the close of the next thousand years. 



This big world of ours, as we regard it, though it 
may not be so big after all, as compared with some 
otfiers, has a good many complications in it, and a 
few of them fall to the United States, more of late 
years than usual, it seems. In connection with 
Alaska, we have a rather peculiar one. When this 
country was purchased by our government no one 
ever dreamed of its enormous wealth. Priortothat 
time, however, the Greek church, of Russia, had ac- 
quired considerable land on account of its mission 
stations among the Indians of Alaska, When 
Alaska passed over to the United States, the mission 
stations still held the land ceded to them, and were 
not at any time molested. But since the discovery 
of gold the miners are taking up claims on the 
land possessed by the Greek church, and the mat- 
ter, a short time ago, was referred to the authorities 
at Washington, There it was decided that all land 
belonging to the Greek Church, in Alaska, prior to 
the purchase, was still her property, and must not 
be molested by miners. It was, however, stipulated 
that no mission station could claim more than 640 
acres. This is free from taxation, and should their 
lands prove to be as rich in mineral as some of that 
now being mined, the Greek Church will have a 
fine thing of it. The church will be able to go into 
the mining business, and become immensely rich, 
But by and by there will be earnest protests against 
one congregation owning 640 acres of rich mining 
land, and here is where the complications are going 
to present themselves, for the Empire of Russia 
stands behind the Greek missions. 



Sugar, instead of being a luxury, as it was oni 
regarded, has become one of the prime necessities 
of life. Recent experiments show that it contains 
strong nutrient powers and is well calculated to re 
pair the waste tissues of the body and sustain severe 
physical and mental exertion. The people of this 
country consume about sixty-five pounds of sugar 
each year, per capita, or more than twice as much 
as is used by the people of Germany, and yet Ger- 
many leads all the nations of the world in producing 
sugar. Our annual sugar bill takes a hundred mil 
lion dollars out of the country, and every pound of 
this immense sum might be, and ought to be kept 
at home and paid out among our farmers. Recent 
extensive experiments show that the States of Ne- 
braska, Iowa and Illinois can raise enough sugar 
beets to more than supply all the sugar used in this 
country. An acre of corn, sold, at twenty cents per 
bushel, will purchase 150 pounds of sugar. An a 
of sugar-beets will produce 3000 pounds of pure 
gar. Within the next ten years we hope to see every 
pound of sugar used in our land produced withir 
her borders. God has wonderfully blessed oui 
country and her resources are as yet but half devel 
oped. We should move along the line of develop 
ment, giving God thanks for our goodly land. 

Matters on the seas look just a little suspicious 
at this time, and yet we hope that it does not 
mean war, with all of its horrible consequences. 
A number of warships, belonging to England 
Japan, Russia and Germany, are gathering in the 
Chinese waters, the most of them belonging to 
England and Japan, and it is reported that Russia 
is sending a portion of her Black Sea fleet to join 
those already anchored near Port Arthur, in Ch' 
Though now controling the largest navy in the 
world, England is having constructed one hundred 
and seventeen additional war vessels. Then thi 
are other movements that somewhat relate to our 
own country. A few days ago this Government 
sent a man-of-war to Havanna, Cuba, presumably 



to look after our interest, and to be on hand for 
any emergency that might arise, It is also given 
out that Spain is concentrating her warships in 
the Cuban waters, Add to this the facts that the 
United States already has a number of ironclads 
in the vicinity of Key West, the southern extrem- 
ity of Florida, and that she is pushing the work 
on some other vessels, now in course of construc- 
tion, as rapidly as possible, working her forces 
both day and night, and we are led to ask, What 
does all this mean? One thing is certain, the rela- 
tions between the United States and Spain arc 
becoming greatly strained, so much so that not a 
few well-informed men predict a conflict, In Ha- 
vanna itself the conditions are by no means prom- 
ising, but rather threatening. The presence of 
the strong military forces has so far prevented 
any serious outbreak among an excited people. 
The feeling against Blanco, the Spanish General, 
is increasing, and he is becoming very unpopular 
among a very influential class. He is said to be 
losing influence among his own soldiers. So, tak- 
ing it all in all, the outlook on the seas, as well as 
in Cuba, is far from being encouraging. 



It is a very fortunate thing for humanity, to say 
nothing of Christianity, that the Roman Catholics 
control as little of this world as they do. Were they 
in full control, religious as well as civil liberty would 
be things of the past. For years they have been 
trying to cripple the free school system of Manitoba, 
and would doubtless do the same in this country 
had they the majority of voters. Just now they are 
showing their tendency to have everything their own 
way by saying who shall arid who shall not solem- 
nize marriages in Peru, South America. A bill was 
recently passed by the Peruvian Congress, legaliz- 
ing civil marriages. This was in the interest of the 
thousands residing in Peru who are in no way re- 
lated to the Catholic Church, but the bill was vetoed 
by the President, who is a Catholic. In this in- 
stance no regard is paid to the preferences of the 
many Protestants who reside in different parts of 
that conntry. There are also a number of Protes- 
tant missionaries building up missions in various 
parts of Peru, and not one of them dare solemnize a 
marriage even for his own people, All this work 
must be done by Catholic priests, and that, too, in 
the name of the Catholic Church. This is unfortu- 
nate for the non-Catholics residing in Peru, and 
were they permitted to do so, the Pope of Rome 
and his prelates would in like manner interfere 
with justice in every country in the world. It is 
fortunate indeed that the power of the Pope is wan- 
ing- 



The P/esbyterian gives some interesting facts 
concerning longevity, that will be read with inter- 
est. It says that more people over ico years old 
are found in mild climates than in the higher lati- 
tudes. According to the lsst census of the German 
Empire, of a population of 55.oco.ooo, only ;8 have 
passed the 100th year. France, with a population 
of 40,000,000, has 214 centenarians. In England 
there are 146, Ireland 57.S, and in Scotland 46. 
Sweden has 10 and Norway 23, Belgium 5, Din- 
mark 2, Switzerland none. Spain, with a popula- 
tion of 18,000,000, has 401 people over 100 years of 
age. Of the 2,500 000 inhabitants of Servia, 575 
people have passed the century mark, It is said 
that the oldest person living, whose age has been 
proven, is Bruno Co'crim, born in Africa and now 
living in Rio de Janeiro, He is 150 years old. A 
coachman in Moscow has lived 140 years. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 5, 



■ESSAYS' 



IMMORTALITY. 



As years go by and 
Faith, He,,; and I 

Swell Hope, that lb 
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reckage sad of Hie 

Hearj, like a songbird, 'mid ihe glooi 
"All things shall work for Rood to ihoi 

Who lo ihe Lord in love have come.' 
The Love lhal counls all human hie 

lo one great brotherhood the same, 
The Heavenly Father's children all, 

Bearing 'he signel of his name — 
" It is better further on," 
I'm rising still, I feel, I know, 

To ncbler life beyond the; ky; 
Earth's sunrise gold iion my held, 

But hraven's pure light is hy-and by. 
The nearer I approach ihe end, 

Immortal symphenies 1 hear 
From world unseen, with not: s o[ joy, 

Onward and upward, ra'l lig clear, 
"It is beller further on." 
I stand up?n the opening way 

Unknown, tbat stretches on before, 
Praying that still each onward step 

Fast hold shall take on shining shore. 
The earthly life is dear and sweel, 



Wiib all its preci 



ible 



By Hand of Love, that still has kepi 
The best for his redeemed in heaven. 
"It is betler further on." 

— Selected by Ella C. Fa 



THE SIXTH BEATITUDE. 



BY T. T. MYERS. 



r tbe pun 



for they shall 



We take it for granted that we want to go to 
heaven. People, as a rule, hope so to arrange 
sometime in life, that they may spend eternity 
there. 

Heaven is a place of purity and holiness. Only 
pure and holy beings can dwell there. "And there 
shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, 
neither whatsoever wotketh abomination, or mak- 
eth a lie.' Rev. 21 1 27. 

Man, in his natural condition, is sinful, impure, 
unholy. He is unfit for the association of heaven. 
" There is none righteous, no, not one." 

In order to get to, and enjoy heaven, man must 
become pure and holy. He cannot make himself 
righteous. Christ only can do that for him. He 
must be born again. In the new birth he gets the 
new, holy life,— the life that fits him for heaven. 

When the heart is pure, then will the life be pure. 
The fountain must be pure if the stream would be 
pure. The wise man says, " Keep thy heart with 
all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." 

The thoughts will be pure. A pure heart begets 
pure thoughts. Should Satan hurl an evil thought 
into your mind, you are ready, immediately, to hurl 
it back again. 

The words will be pure. Pure thoughts beget 
pure words. We do not expect figs from thistles, 
neither do we expect foul words from a pure heart. 
" By their fruits ye shall know them." 

The actions will be pure. The heart being pure, 
the inward promptings will be pure, and this will 
give purity to the outward manifestations. A pure 
heart,— a pure life,— is precious in God's sight be- 
cause it is so much like himself. Unto them he 
gives his choicest blessings and sweetest experien- 
ces. They shall see God. 

1. They see God in nature. It takes God within 
to see God without, The pure see God in the run- 
ning brook, in the opening flower and in the sing- 
ing bird. They see God in the rising of the sun 



and in the heaving of Ihe ocean. To such all forms 
of nature are symbols of God, to be interpreted by 
man. To them " the heavens declare the glory of 
God, and the firmament showelh his handywork." 

2 They see God in the Bible. The Bib'e is 
then no more a book of dry history and story. It 
is full of beauty, life, inspiration,— God. God is 
seen in its commandments, in its promises, in its 
comforts, and in its rewards,— rich and beautiful 
truths in it, hidden to the natural man, are beauti- 
fully unfolded and manifested to the spiritual and 
pure. 

3. They see God in history. God still has a hand 
in the history of nations. Though they may seem 
to have run wild and rebelled against him, yet fie 
has the upper hand, and his power and rule will be 
made manifest. He understands ful'y the great 
eastern question, and will bring his final glory out 
of it all. The pure in heart arc not disheartened 
when things seem to go wrong, for they know that 
the Lord Omnipotent reigneth. 

4 They see God in the providences of their own 
lives. They see a blessing in the disappointments 
and afflictions that come to them. They see God 
in their present condition and lot in life, and what 
he would have them do. It is beautiful and com- 
forting and satis'ying to be able to see God in our 
lives. It helps us to live, to work, and to suffer. 

5. They see God in the hour of death. When 
the evening of life draws near, and the curtains of 
death unfold, then will God, who was seen through- 
out life, also be seen in its close. There is no 
death where Christ is, and where he reigns, What 
seems like death is only promotion. The God-life 
at that time will still see its God. 

6 They shall see God in heaven. He will be I 
there to welcome his people. They, with perfect 
eye and clear vision, may look upon him in li 
glory. If we would see him there, we must s< 
him here. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 



resembled Ihe religion Moses found in the camp 
when lie came down from the mountain with the 
Law, "They ate and drank and rose up to play" 
I pronounce it most woefully sad. And into this 
net, this snare, many Brethren's children are be- 
ing drawn. 

The Cjni.me is now a monthly magazine of thir- 
to-two pages, at one dollar per year. Every min- 
ister and every parent in cur Brotherhood ought to 
be a reader of that wide-awake anti-secret journal. 

I have been furnishing the readers of the Gospel 
Messenger with a number of lodge tragedies. I 
am in receipt of a very complimentary letter from 
Bro. A, B. Duncan, of Oak Hill, W. Va , in which 
he encloses the following pitiful story: 



as given 



WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT? SECRECY. 

BY I. J, ROSENBERGER. 

" What I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch! " 
I have shown in my writings on secrecy that a 
number of secret orders claim to be religious in- 
stitutions. Upon this I meet with constant oppo- 
tion. This, however, is not strange. Mackey's 
Lexicon en Freemasonry," page 369, has the fol- 
lowing: " AU the ceremonies of our order are pref- 
aced and terminated with prayer, because Masonry 
a religious institution." On page 16, Mackey de- 
fines " Acacian " as signifying a " Mason who, by liv- 
strict obedience to the obligations and pre- 
cepts of the Fraternity, is freed from sin." The 
same can be clearly shown of Odd-Fellowship. 
They sing, they pray and they preach at their buri- 
al service, regardless of the kind of life the de- 
ceased may have lived. 

/"T never knew them to fail to give the friends the 
verbal assurance that the deceased had gone " from 
lodge below, to the celestial lodge above." 
But as there is no Christ in their rituals, songs, nor 
prayers, it is therefore a Christless religion. This 
ilasses them on the low level of Hinduism, Budd- 
lism, etc. With them Christ is not the way; they 
eek "to climb up some other way." Christ plain- 
ly names them in John 10: 1, as "thieves and rob- 
bers." 

It will doubtless prove a surprise to the readers 
of the Gospel Messenger, when I tell you that 
the OdiFellows Herald, Springfield, 111., Jan. 1, 
?97, gives an account of the baptism of twenty- 
even children at a union meeting of the Grape 
Creek Lodge No. 632, and the White Oak Rebekah 
Lodge No. 314 The Rev. W. T. Beadles officiated 
ccasion. They were not christened into 
any one church; but the parents were said to thus 
bind themselves to raise them in the nurture and 
dmonition of the Lord, and to become good Odd 



MAN CRIPPLED FOR LIFE WHILE TAKING A LODGE 
DEGREE. 

Lena R. Winslow, of Missouri, while being initiat- 
ed into the Knights of Ma-cabees in the Ksnsas 
City lo^ge was badly injured; has since sued the 
lodge for S25CO. Wir.slow's stor 
The Km-.ai City Star, runs thus: 

"I was blindfolded first, so that I could not see 
a thing. Then Ihe lodge members proceeded to 
have fun with me, and the loud way in which they 
laughed at my antics indicated that they enjoyed 
themselves. I was led into the hall, and while 
walking along, unconscious of danger, suddenly the 
carpet on which I was walking, slipped from under 
tr;e with a violent jerk, and down I fell. I got up 
and walked along a little farther, and then two men 
who were leading me made me go fast and I slum- 
bled over a pile of sawdust bags. Then they ran 
me up and down the hall, and stripped me and 
stuck out their fists for me to run against, and had 
all sorts of fun, but I didn't kick. Then they put 
a belt around ir.e and hoisted me to a hook in tte 
ceiling and laughed like men at a minstrel show, as 
I hung there with my back to the ceiling, my legs 
and arms clawing the air. A rope was pulled sud- 
denly, which unhooked me, and down I fell 'into a, " 
canvas blanket held by a dozen men, who tossed 
me up to the ceiling and down till I was pretty 
tired, but still I didn'r. kick, 

" Finally they walked me up a slanting plank, 
nearly to the ceiling and ordered me to jump off. 
I thought the thing had gone far enough, and I 
balked. They were bound that I should jump, 
however, and pushed me off, and the fall ciippled 
me. I was getting a salary of Si,2C0, but since 
have been unable to work, and I lost my position." 
One acquainted with the rules and laws of lead- 
ing secret orders and their lav/less p:nalties, need 
only stop and gaze upon their inside workings, 
which are constantly developing in open daylight, 
and he will see them trifle with human life, in their 
greed for sport and revelry. We are reminded of 
the days of the gladiators. Hence, "What I say 
unto you, I say unto all: Watch." 
Civingicn, Ohio. 



IRREPARABLE SINS. 



BY HOWARD MILLER. 



The thief can repent and restore. The murderer 
may repent and expiate wilh his life. Most sins 
can be repaired in some way, but there are also 
some that are not tangents from the right line of 
duty, but they are square departures to the left, 
and some of them cannot be, by any human means, 
ever made right. Thus, to rob a lone widow, in 
what is called business, then let her die, no giving 
in charity, no repentance, will ever hide the sin. 
Or in the case of a man and woman, a moment of 
blind passion, a sin, although unknown to the 
world, is utterly and wholly irreparable. Mark 
you, I do not say unforgivable, but always and for- 
ever one of memory's pitfalls that no greenery of 
vine and shrub to deceive the public can ever ob- 
literate from the mind of the doer. It is these Iap- 
es of rectitude, or moments of utter weaknesses in 



Fellows. Games were played and mirthful songs our natures, that ever' trouble the person of fine 
were sung, with feasting. That religion very much I mental mold. 



Feb. g, i3g8. 



THE GOSPHL rMESSEHSTa-IE^. 



There are some natures so finely adjusted to the 
heat and cold of morality that they never make 
these mistakes, bst they are also never the strong- 
est, for if the li'e history of the greatest of the 
world teaches anythicg it is that they are also the 
greatest in their weaknesses. 

It is also true that if every life were an open 
book, so that any might turn the pages and read, 
there would be few who would not find the same 
stoiy of disaster somewhere within the volume. 
We are not all made alike and we may not break or 
crack with the same degree of heat or cold, but it 
is only a question of temperature, and not of mate- 
rial solidity. 

The first step toward moral strength is a 
thorough appreciation of the limitations of that 
strength. It is a further fact that a man may be 
vastly stronger for having shivered his moral integ- 
rity. It is this way. When a casting is made in 
the foundry, a wheel, say, it may be warped in such 
a way that it is hardly fit for use. But it cracks, 
the strain is relieved, and strange to say, it is a 
stronger wheel than before, snd it may be stronger 
than one that is solid. It is so in our sins. We 
break, and if we heed the causes that lead to it we 
may arise from our disaster stronger than before, in 
that we know how weak and unreliable we really 
are, aod it serves as a help to keep out of that 
place in the future. 

But beyond all doubt, even though there may be 
no personal reparation for certain sins, yet there is 
forgiveness for them. It is this knowledge that 
makes life bearable under certain stress of sorrow. 
It is the knowledge that no matter how secret the 
sin, how deadly and upas-like it has been, it will 
pass away under the bleaching love of Christ for 
the sinner. It may be that the tattoo-mark goes 
through the skin, through the flesh and is marked 
in the bone, but when we rise in the new life 
there will be no blemish on any of us who inherit 
that life, There is also the lesson of human chari- 
ty to be learned of it all, and when we would ex- 
ploit the weakness of our fellows, should we re- 
member our own, silence would seem the most 
politic. 

Leivisburgt Uhion Co , Pa. 



ON THE WAY TO INDIA.-No. 



A Walk Through the Holy City. 

About noon, Nov. 25, we first entered the city of 
David, We entered through the Damascus Gate, 
the royal gate of the city. As we went through 
the gate, we passed the Turkish guards, who 
are kept continually at the gates. We noticed 
a little well or cistern in the side of the gate, cut 
in the stone, but it is dry. We afterwards no- 
ticed them at different places, along the highway, 
but they were generally dry. They are provided to 
give water to the poor along the way. It is doubt- 
less to these dry wells that Peter refers in his meta- 
phor of the fleshly, presumptuous, self-willed profes- 
sors of Christianity, when he said, " These are wells 
without water." 2 Pet. 2: 17. 

These waterless wells are still found wherever 
men love self better than they love God. Our guide 
pointed out the upper end of the arch of an old 
gate that has been walled shut. We do not know 
how long since this gate was in use, but presume 
that the people who thronged this old gate-way 
might have heard Paul's threats the day he rode off 
for his Damascus persecution. We can hardly rea- 
lize that we are now standing within the walls of 
Jerusalem, the city of war, siege, and intrigue, the 
city that has been destroyed and rebuilt almost a 
score of times, the city that so many long to see, 
the city that is emblematical of the heavenly city 
yet to be. 

We turn to our left and go upon the wall, or rather 
upon the top of a house that stands upon the wall 
between the Damascus and Herod gates. From 
here we get a good view of the old city. Looking 
to the south, we look over ML Zion; a little to our 
left is Mt, Marian, Mt, Bezetha lies at our feet and 



to our right is Mt. Acre, From this point we get a 
good view of the Mosque of Omar, the Church of 
the Sepulchre, the Tomb of Divid and numerous 
other public buildings, such as Mosques, churches, 
and Jewish synagogues, We look north, and just 
in front of us is Gordon's Tcmb, and Jeremiah's 
Grotto. Many believe that this is the place of the 
skull and that we are now looking upon Calvary. 
The new part of the city spreads out before us, 
growing every day in extent, density and beauty. 

We walked through Christian Street and David 
Street, passing through different bazaar streets just 
to observe the costumes and customs. The streets 
are full of filth, donkeys and dirty-looking people. 
The merchant sits in his store, and, as a rule, waits 
upon all his customers without rising to his feet. 
/* We saw measuring grain, grinding, baking, work- 
ing clay, oil presses, and much else curious and in- 
structive. The man who buys the grain does the 
measuring, and you may be sure that he takes Bible 
measure. It is the custom so to do. He fills his 
measure; then he shakes it down, and not only 
shakes it but literally pushes it down with his hands, 
then heaps the grain on until it is running over, then 
gouges a hole in the top with his fingers and fills it 
up to running over again, Luke 6: 38. 

We also saw, in this same land, men measuring 
grain by filling the measure and then taking a 
straight-edge and stroking it across the measure. 
Thus the old may soon give place to the new. 

We saw two women grinding at the mill, as men- 
tioned in Matt. 24: 41. Two women were sitting 
down upon the ground and with their hands were 
feeding and turning the mill-stone. During the 
same walk we saw a very good modern flour-mill, 
lighted up with electric lights, The new puts the 
old in very awkward contrast, on every side, in this 
city of God. 

We took the liberty to walk into a number of 
bakeries. The people all go to a baker to get their 
bread baked, They knead the dough at their homes 
and bring it to the baker in trays or charge 
placed upon their heads. They usually wait while 
the bread is being baked. The baker uses for fuel 
thorns and cow chips. It is no uncommon thing to 
see a donkey standing close beside the baker. The 
baker sprinkles flour on a part of the floor and rolls 
the dough in this before putting it into the oven. 
We saw barefooted people from the filthy streets 
walk over the place where the baker rolls his 
dough, without disturbing his work in the least, 

We saw the potter at his wheel moulding his clay 
to the vessel of his liking. So God will mould us 
to bis liking if we will only be clay in his hands, 
If the clay would rise up and begin to rebel against 
the potter, the result would be unfavorable to the 
beauty and usefulness of the vessel moulded, so, when 
man rebels against God, the result is unfavorable to 
the helpless man, who is as clay in the potter's 
hands. 

The oil-press that we saw was not the ancient oil 
press, but a modern one, for grinding and crushing 
the oil out of a small seed, which oil is used instead 
of butter and lard, for culinary purpose?. I believe 
we would have fewer dyspeptics if we could substi- 
tute the oil of this country for cur lard, 

In our walks we passed through the Mohammedan, 
Christian, Armenian and Jewish quarters of the city. 
The filth of the city seems to culminate in the Jew- 
ish quarter. The wonder to us is that people can 
exist in such filthy surroundings. The stench is bad 
enough where we must endure it only for the pass- 
ing moment, but how much worse to live in it? 

It is Friday evening and we stand west of the 
temple enclosure, at the Jews' wailing place, We 
stand and hear their sad wail, their mournful chants, 
and prayers, looking at them as they go through 
their gesticulations for over an hour. 

We pity them and wish they could be helped to 
see the Strong Deliverer, in whom we trust. We 
saw the nails driven by them in the crevices of the 
rock and also the many places worn smooth by 
their kisses. 

How zealous, bow earnest these people aret Can 
we, who walk in the light, see such misguided zeal 
and not be zealous? 



BY NOAH LONGANECKER. 

By election is meant the "Divine choice; the 
predetermination of individuals as objects of mer- 
cy and salvation." The Bible speaks of some as 
the elect, and of others as the reprobate. "Then 
shall he send his angels, and they shall gather to- 
gether his elect from the four winds, from the ut- 
termost part of the earth to the uttermost part of 
heaven." Mark 13: 27. "God from the begin- 
ning hath chosen you," 2 Thess. 2: 13. In this 
line of thought we have the terms "tied, called, 
c/tosen, ordained, predestinated." "As many as were 
ordained to eternal life believed." Acts 13: 48. 
"Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate 
to be conformed to the image of his Son," Rom. 
8:29. "Elect according to the foreknowledge of 
God the Father," 1 Pet. 1: 2. 

Those who labor to disprove the doctrine of elec- 
tion, also deny the foreknowledge of God. Well 
they may, for there could not justly be an election, 
or a predestination, if there were no foreknowledge 
of God. It is simply ridiculous (or any one to de- 
ny the foreknowledge of God, and, at the same 
time, pretend to believe the Bible. One of the 
most ridiculous things in the world would be for a 
minister to deny the foreknowledge of God, and 
then turn around and preach a sermon on the ful- 
fillment of God's prophecies. The two must go 
hand in hand. The foreknowledge of God makes 
the doctrine of election one of the most reasona- 
ble and just things in the world. Man has a free 
will, hence he is a responsible being. 

The sun shines because God designs and orders 
it to shine. He has no free will, hence he is not re- 
sponsible, Man walks because he wills to walk, 
hence he is responsible. He is accountable to 
God. God foreknows what man will choose. He 
foreknows that some wilt choose life, hence it is 
but just that he should choose, or predestinate, 
them to eternal life. He foreknows that some will 
choose death, hence it is but just that they should 
be ordained to condemnation, 

"Who then can be saved?" " Whosoever will." 
There are those who believe in an unconditional 
election. How horrible to read the following in a 
theological work: "The true Gospel is that there 
are even now children in hell not more than a span 
long." Said writer believed in an unconditional 
election. Election is conditional. When God 
foreknows who will believe it is but just that he 
should predestinate them to eternal life, And 
when such once have the invitation, they will be- 
lieve. This makes the following, and scores of 
other texts, plain: "As many as were ordained to 
to eternal life believed." Christ earnestly wished 
the salvation of the Jews. His tears for them 
make this plain. He did all that could be done to 
save them. But their free will was not destroyed. 
" How often would 1 have gathered thy children to- 
gether, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under 
her wings, and ye would notl" Matt. 2y. 37. 
Christ wished and bled to save them, but they 

would not." Their doom was of themselves. 

Could Christ, by an unconditional decree have 

sealed their doom, and then wept over them, bled 

d died for them? How preposterous, absurd and 

shocking is such a thought! 

But, says one, do we not read as follows: " There- 
fore he hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, 
and whomhe will hehardeneth." Rom. 9: 18. But 
we also read, "Blessed are the merciful, for they 
shall obtain mercy," This makes it, after all, hinge 
on our own free will. And we all must admit that 
God does not harden the heart by imparting sin. 
The heart is hardened when God's gracious call is 
refused. The more such calls God gave to Pharaoh, 

hen not heeded, the harder his heart became. Did" 
not God raise Pharaoh to the throne for some pur- 
pose? He did. But he was not born for said pur- 
pose. God foreknew what Pharaoh would do. 
Through his wise providence he allowed Pharaoh to 
become king. It was not wrong for Christ to select 
Judas as one of the twelve, But it would have been 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



■Feb. ;, 18 



wrong for him to have selected Paul to do the work 
of Judas. God do:s not elect a person so much for 
what he his dent, as he elects him for what he 
knows that he will do. With this truth before the 
mind let the reader turn to Rom. 9. and the doc- 
trine of the election, as taught by Paul, will appear 
both plain and just. 

We repeat, " Whom he did foreknow, he also did 
predes'mate to be conformed to the image of his 
Son." God's people are the " elect according to 
the foreknowledge of God the father." While the 
foreknowledge of God is a pleasing thought to the 
elect, it is fearful to the reprobate. " There are cer- 
tain men crept in unawares, who were before of old 
ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men." 
Jude 4. Let the reader note the references. 

Character, not reputation, seals our destiny. 
Character is what God tniws us to be Reputation 
is what men tl.ink us to be. God lo^ks specially on 
the heart, the fountain of good or bad. Men look 
on the outward appearance. " The heart is deceit 
ful above all things, and desperately wicked: who 
can know it?" Jer. 17: 9 God alone, knows all 
our hearts. The wise man prayed to God, "Thou 
only knowest the hearts of the children of men." 
2 Chron. 6: 30. He has a foreknowledge of our 
hearts, hence, he does justly predestinate That he 
does foreknow the heart, I give the following: Ben- 
hadad, the King of Syria, was sick. HescntHazrel 
toElisha, the prophet, to inquire if his sickness were 
unto death. Elisha (old him, "Go, say unto him, 
thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the Lord 
hath shewed me that he shall surely die." The 
Lord revealed it to Elisha that Hazael was a mur- 
derer, that he would kill the king, become king 
himself, and then commit the most devilish and 
hellish crimes of that age. He began to weep. 
Hazael said, "Why weepeth my lord?" Elisha 
told him why he wept. Hazael said, " But what, is 
thy servant a dog, that he should do this great 
thing! " Do you think that I have lost all modesty, 
and will prostitute myseH to do all those devilish 
and hellish deeds that you say I will do? Elisha 
answered, " The Lord hath showed me." 2 Kings 
S: ,--15. For a fulfillment of said prophecy, see 
crupter 10: 32, 33 and 13: 3, 7. 

We all have free wills. The Lord knows all that 
we ever thought and did. He knows all that all men 
ever will think or do. Read 2 Pet. 1-9. and you 
will see the force of the following: "Wherefore the 
rather, brethren, give diligence to make your call- 
ing and election sure: for if ye do these thing;, ye 
shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be minis- 
tered unto you abundantly into the everlasting 
kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 
How beautiful these four titles look side by side! 
The thought that God foreknows all our thoughts 
and actions is a most salutary one. It should be 
taught to the child, as well as the father in Israel 
The doctrine of God's election by grace is by the 
many never preached from the stand. At least we 
never heard it preached. And why? It certainly 
is a most salutary one. We do not mean the doc 
trine of an unconditional election. Such an election 
Dr. Dick teaches in his " Theolog," and then adds, 
" If the object of a minister is to convert sinners, it 
would be foolish for him to preach it from the sa- 
cred stand." We quote from memory. Such is, 
however, not the case with a conditional election. 
Paul and Peter regarded it as belonging to the 
power of God unto salvation. 



THE CROSS. 



BY A, HUTCHISON. 



man endangered his physical life by becoming a fol 
lower of Jesus. 

Now, since this is not true with us, wherein does 
the cross now consist? It seems from what wa 
know, from experience and observation, that every 
person has some pet sin, or object, upon which the 
heart is set, and it seems as though it is here where 
the cross comes to that individual The same thing 
is not in the way of every one, but each one has his 
or her own trouble. 

On hearing what others have to say, as to where 
their difficulty was. I would say. " Why, I cannot 
see any cross in that." But when I would state 
what my trouble was, they would say, " O that 
would be no cross to me." So it is clear to me, 
that each one has his or her own cross. 

At that point the salvation of that person hinges. 
The especial work of an evangelist, on this line, is 
to find out where the cross is, with each one, and 
then help them over, or, from a Scriptural stand- 
point, help that one to take up that cross and bear 
it bravely on after Jesus, Each one should realize 
that, the nearer he keeps with Jesus, and the more 
he views his cross, the lighter his own will become. 

Here is where much could be done by others, in- 
cluding the preachers. I meet with quite a number 
who seem to think that the particular thing, upon 
hich their hearts are set, is too little to do any 
damage, and, therefore, the church ought to allow 
them to enjoy it. But while this might seem to be 
plausible enough,— yet, to allow such a liberty, 

ght be the medium through which that one may 

ie his spiritual life, because that would remove 

e cross, and cut oH the crown promise. 

I believe there is danger at this point, because 
every privilege of this kind, which is granted by 
the church, adds one more step toward the world. 
We all know that, when the natural child begins to 
walk, the steps are very short, but, in course of a 
few years, it can outrun its mother. So it is with 
the church. Grant each member its special choice 
in laying down, instead of taking up, the cross, and 
soon the church may run after, and call in vain to 
her members to return. We can not be ignorant of 
the tendency of church people, to move toward the 
world. And this is not, by any means, confined to 
the popular churches. The only reason for this is, 
they shun the cross. And yet Jesus says, " He that 
taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not 
worthy of me." Mat'. 10: -8, 

Can we afford to run contrary to the words of Je- 
sus? He says again, "He that rejecteth me, and 
receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: 
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge 
him in the last day." J )hn 12: 4S. O how light 
our little crosses are, when compared with that of 
our Blessed Savior! 




TEMPTATION. 



BY LUCINDA STOUFFER, 



What are we to understand by the cross now? 
Where the Savior spoke of the cross, he generally 
associated it with saving or losing life. Luke 9: 23 
says, "And he said to them all, It any man will 
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up 
his cross daily, and follow me." Then follow these 
words, " For whosoever will save his life shall lose 
it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the 
sane shall gave it." It seems as if, in that day, a 



One of the most important lessons to be learned 
in life is to avoid its temptations. It never was a 
matter of choice with any cne, to bring with him 
such a sinful nature; however man is prone to sin 
as the "sparks fly upward." God told Noah, "I 
will not again curse the ground tor man's sake, for 
the imagination of man's heart is evil from his 
youth." 

The whole scheme of redemption supposes that 
man is a fallen being. It is no disgrace to be 
tempted, but it is a disgrace to yield to, and foster, 
temptations. What slavery it is when once we are 
captive! What misery it brings to its victims! 

There are several objects that seem to represent 
the tempter. One is the spider. How systematic- 
ally he works in setting snares! He goes a good 
distance from home and uses every means to en- 



snare and capture. So it is with Satan. Weil did 
our Savior say, "Watch and pray that ye enter net 
into temptation." James says, " Resist the devil 
and he will flee from you." 

Another figure of Satan is the serpent. What 
spell-binding power this enemy possesses! How 
helpless the bird becomes when he is under its in- 
fluence! We notice however, that only the young, 
tired, crippled bird is attacked, — the one that re- 
mains near the ground. Strong birds, soaring on the 
wing, are out of its reach. Hence we learn that 
growth is mcessary, and this can be obtained 
by obedience to Gods will and prayer for his 
guidance. Triere is no time for idleness. 

It was the serpent that beguiled Eve. How cun- 
ning its approach to her, pointing out drfiirtely the 
only tiling forbidden her. What an influence it has 
upon us, sometimes, for our friends (?) to tempt us 
with some wron?, especially if it meets our desires! 
Eve made her first mistake by reasoning. What 
folly it is to parley with temptationl The serpent 
said " Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every 
tree of the garden?" We notice Eve fails to quote 
the text correctly. Satan encouraged her to make 
the second attempt with success. Again he says, 
" Ye shall n't surely die, for God doth know that in 
the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be op- 
ened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good 
and evil." It was good food, and pleasant, and 
in her ambition to be wise, she ) ielded. 

Here are represented the lust of the flesh, lust of 
the eye, and the pride of life, which, John says, 
" is not of the Father but of the world." 

The lion is an animal that is likened un'o Satan 
in some respects. He is able to take the advantage 
of a man, especially if lie is not prepared with his 
weapon. The lion well knows when his victim is 
not prepared, and so it is with Satan. It takes fire 
balls to run the lion from his prey. Nothing 
short of prayer, attended by the Holy Spirit, can tu'n 
the enemy, when one is wholly under his influence. 
Seemingly strong Christians have gotten into 
"doubting castles" under the giip of '■ G\ant D-- .. 
spair." David, Salomon, Samson and many others 
have been led astray, so let no cne think himself 
too strong to be tempted and led away. Our Savior 
was tempted " in all points as we." Shortly after 
his baptism, after fasting forty days and forty 
nights, Satan tempts him to make bread. Here the 
cunning enemy thought, perhjps, was an opportu- 
nity to supply his physical need after fasting, but 
the Savior replies, " Man shall not live by bread 
alone." 

The second attempt was to take him to the sum- 
mit of a high mountain. What a promise he makes! 
Satan never fails to promise. 

When he makes the third attempt he is able to 
quote from the Psalms, " He shall give his angels 
charge," etc., but Jesus says, " Get thee behind me." 
O for strength to resist as did cur blessed Savior! 

When Satan had completed his temptation, he 
departed, but only " far a season." It is cur un- 
happy fate that temptation leaves us only " for a 
season." 

We next read that "angels ministered to the 
Savior." Has that not been our happy experience? 
When temptations are overcome we realize a sense 
of joy. What blessed seasons are suchl Are not 
the angels rejoicing over the victory? Whenever 
Satan fails to get us wholly under his influence he 
will accept partial service, however little that be. 
This comes near home and is practical to al'. If 
we profess to be God's children and then reach 
after the vanities of life, Satan will not object, but 
from a standpoint of wisdom, we think he him- 
self is amused at our follies. Solomon says," Take 
us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil our vines, 
for our vines have tender grapes." Little sins come 
upon us because we are so negligent in watching 
them. How often we hear persons indulge each 
other and themselves, because certain wrongs a r c 
" such little things." They say, "If we never do 
worse things we will be well off." But, ah, who is 
the author of little sins? If we will not profit by 
our little wrongs, Satan will accomplish his ends at 
last. Then, too, God will take note of them. He 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



sees the "sparrow fill to the ground" and " cum- 
bers the hairs" of our head. Then, how about the 
unguarded "bywords or white lies," or that tiny 
" gold ring" or ihe little bit of lacef 

L : ttle sins are too various to mention. A certain 
writer has said, " An army of moths are harder to 
destroy thin a lion at the doer." It was said that 
Dr. Watts was free from pride and vanity. An infi- 
del made his boast he could detect his weakness. 
His first attempt was to refer to his ability, next his 
fine character, noble reputation, popularity as a 
writer. All this brought about no change in tene 
or countenance. At last the infidel said, "You are 
the p'aiirst man I ever saw, to be as great a man 
as you are." Then the doctor's face crimsoned. 
This man's pride was in his plainness. Paul said, 
'Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest 
he fall." 

It is well, when temp'ed, to consider the source, 
— the serpent, the devil! If not on our guard, in the 
end eternal punishment will be ours, 

Pitsiurg, Ohio. 



->THE t SUNDAY t SCHOOLS 



LESSON LIUHT-r l.ASHES. 
The Coll of Matthew -Matt. 9: 0-17. 

Lesson /or February rj, l£oS. 

We are all placed in life to do somelhicg, and we 
all have something to do. While there are many 
callings iii life, we are not suited to fill them all, 
nor any conside 1 . able number of them, neither do 
we always know, of ourselves, for which special 
ones we are best fitted. Be* a use of this, many wait 
in. indecision, or accept temporary employment, 
wai'ing for a desirable opening, or a special call to 



Ttt O PICTURES. 



r 



BY W. R. DEETER. 

With our Bib'es in our hands, let us look at two 
Communion tables, one of wh'ch is the Lord's ta- 
ble, and we want to know which one, We come 
unprejudiced, and look at them through th: teach- 
ing of God's Word, and then decide. 

Table No 1 is surrounded by fashionable women, 
having their hats covered with birds, win^s, feath- 
ers, or other appendages. Their fingers glitter with 
go'd-rings, the hair is frizzled, the mammoth sleeve 
is the order. The administrator is a fashionably- 
attired man, and is called a gentleman by the world. 

Table No. 2 is surrounded by plainly attired 
women, no birds, wings, feathers, or je>velry of any 
kind are worn by them, their heads are covered by 
a plain, modest head-dress, that is not dictated by 
Flory McFlurrisy, — is net conformed to this world, 

The administrator is a modest, humble man, who 
makes no effort at display. 

Take your Bibles, and turn to R3.11. 12: 2; 1 Tim. 
2: 9; 1 Pet. 3: 3; 1 John 2 15 16; John 15; 19. Read 
these Scriptures carefully, get on your knees and 
read them, if need be, and then decide which is the 
Lord's table, which is most in harmony with God's 
Book. 

These pictures are not a'l imaginary, Reader, to 
which table do you belong? Stop, think, and be 
sure you are right, 

Miprd, Ind. ___^___ 
SOUL-lNSPIRiNQ. 



Words fail me, this morning, when I try to ex- 
press my thanks to yon for the many soul-inspiring 
thoughts found in the Gospel Messenger. The 
last ten weeks I have been confined to rr.y room, 
and most of the time to my bed. The Messenger 
has been most precious to me, and, as money is not 
plenty with me, we have agreed to dispense with 
some other necessities, in order to have the Gospel 
Messenger. 

Dajtm, Ohio. 

HOW I QUIT. 

BY B. F. MILLER. 

I see so much written on tobacco, that I can not 
help saying something along that line, also. I used 
the weed for thirty years, but have quit using it for 
ten years. I am still living, and happier than ever. 
I often tried to quit, but failed. Then I asked the 
Lord to take that ravenous appetite from me 
put my will power to work, and, finally, I con- 
quered. This, any man can do, if he comes with a 
praying mind, 

Frtdonia, Kar.s, 



their life-work. 

This call forms a very interesting epoch in th 
experience of all who ate desirous of n a'cing life a 
success. It means much, because much depends 
on the acceptance. It means choosing one thing, 
and, in a sense, rejecting everything e'sr, 

We have been looking at a number of things as 
possibilities for success. We have been weighing 
them in the light of our jjdgment, but are undecid- 
ed as to which. The time for decision has arrived, 
— a call has come. Shall we take hold of this one 
thing and let all others go? Yes, so it means, and 
to do less, means failuie in the one thing. 

This is true ; s to life's calling, but we are glad 
that there is a call that comes to each one of us, 
and, in accepting this caP, instead of it necessitat- 
ing a letting go of any and all things that are good 
and desirable, it opens up to us Ihe very thing or 
things we need, to do the very best work in life. 
Thia thing is the call to accept the kingdom of 
God into our hearts aid lives. " F.rst seek ye the 
kingdom of God, and its righteousness, and all 
these things shall be added." 

Just how old Matthew was at th's time, or how 
far he had gone in settling down to his life's work, 
we do not know. When found by the Master, he 
was a publican, — a tax collector, sitting at the re- 
ceipt of custom. He was busy at wotk, and, per- 
haps, doing quite well, financially, as his was a po- 
sition of trust, and, therefore, demanded a fair sal- 
ary. Perhaps he had settled down and was satis- 
fied. 

And yet, it would seem as if he was on the look- 
out for another opening, or, at least, he was not 
tied down as tight to his work as some of us are. 
The Master said unto him: " Follow me." The in- 
vitation was a very shoit one, and without financial 
inducements held out The prospects for present 
enjoyments must have been very unpromising, in- 
deed, and yet the call was readliy accepted, because 
the narrative says, " And he arose and followed 
him." Whether or not he understood the full im- 
port of the call, we are not able to determine, but 
this we know, — looking at the two things, that of 
being a tax collector, and a follower of the new 
Teacher, he chose the latter, left all, and followed 
the Master. 

In this decision we have a very important lesson, 
and one that touches the lives of many. Choosing 
between worldly prospects now, and heavenly rich- 
es then, has caused a struggle with untold thou- 
sands, and only the few decided as did Matthew. 
The young man who came to Christ went away £0.'- 
rowful, because he was rich, and cou'd not accept 
the call, and so it has been, and still is, win many 
more. Sad hearts are made because of the ca 1, 
and because they feel that they ought to respond, 
but do not have the courage to carry out their own 
convictions. How is it with you? Jesus is calling: 
"Come, follow me," and you say, "No; not now, 
after awhile, "at a convenient season I will com 

Matthew said: " I will go now," and he went. So 
should you do. " When you hear his voice, hardei 
not your hearts.'' 

Let us look at the lesson a little further, and se 
where Jesus took his new follower. It was at 1 
feast, where publicans and sinners came and sat 
down with him and his disciples. There was noth 
ing wrong about this, and yet there were those whe 
took exceptions to the meeting, and were angry 
about it,— the Pharisees who represented the selfish 



element of the world. The answer to the accusa- 
tion is very encouraging to us. He came into the 
world as the Great Physician,— and what for? To 
cure and heal the well? No, but the sick. These 
Pharisees felt that they were whole and good, so 
they had no needs, and, therefore, Jesus could not 
do anything for them, but these publicans and sin- 
ners felt that they were sinners, and, therefore, hid 
need of a Savior. And as he came to save sinners, 
he could save these, because he came for this pur- 
pose. As long as we do not feel the need of a Sav- 
ior, Jesus can do nothing for us, but as soon as we 
feel our weight of sin, and a need of being saved, 
then Christ comes as the physician to heal, We 
are all sinners, we are all sick, miserable and lost. 

While in this condition Christ comes as he came 
to Matthew, and says: " Follow me." To follow 
him is salvation and everlasting life. This is more 
to us than all our callings in life can be, no matter 
hov/ good they be. This Matthew had learner). 
He felt a need that sitting at the custom could not 
satisfy, so you have a need that nothing but follow- 
ers of Jesus can give. Respond to the call, and he 
will fill all your needs, H, B. u 



S 1-', K MOIST O UTL I IM 10. 



CONVERSION. 



" Rbi'Ikt ye, th:refore, and be convertej, that your sins in 
l.>e blotted out when the limes of refreshing shall come f;t 
Ihe presence of the Lord."— Acts 3: 19. 
I. All mankind are sinners, and can not change the fact 
forget it, but, upon certain conditions, can obtain pard> 
Matt. 18: 3; John 3: 5. 
II. The conditions are 

1. Conviction, 

2. Penitence, 

Note i— We must feel that we are sinners. 

Norn 2 — There is a law of our nature that if we do wrc 
we feci guilty. The Holy Spirit works in harmony with th 
law. 

Note 3.— The design of this law is to produce pure motivr 
for reform 

Note 4.— Conviction, as to depth and duration, is net th 
same in all persons. 
Ill, The 

I. The he 



ng 



: ppposed to God. 
we are not prepared for the 



Note I.— No change 
place of this on< 

Note 2,-Oj 



; gcorln 



IV. Nature of c 

1. A change of mind 

(1) To knowledge, 

(2) To faith, 

(3) To resolution. 

2. Change of heart. 

(I) Reformation of life. 

3. Change of relation. 

(1) Obedience to truth. 
V. Evidences, 



e pass through 
3 will not suffice; 






OUR PRAYER MEETING 



THE SCHOOL OF CHR!ST.-Matt. 11: 39, 3' 

For Thursday Evening, Feb, 10, 1S9S. 

I. Our Teacher. 

I.Wise. Mark 1:2;; Luke 4: 16. 

2. Loving. John 13: 1; John 15: 12, 13. 

3. Patient. Isa, S3: 7; Matt. 27: " H 
II. How We Can Learn. 

I. By studying the great Text-b: ok. John 5: 39; 



Bym 


editating npo 


ihis 


precepts and wonderiul 


Ps. I 


2; Ps. 63: 6, 7 


;Ps. 


119: IS. 78. 




Byp 


acttcal obedi 


nee 


1 Pet. 1: 22 




■IE Bl 


essed Prom 


SI. 






Rest from a guilty 




ience. Heb 


10: 32. 


Rrst 


rom the resn 


is of 


sin. 1 John 


■7- 


Rest 


n the " sweet 


field 


> of Eden," 


Rev. 21: 1- 



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When in strength you think you stand, 

Watch and pray, — 
And when near a foreign land 
That your frail bark does not strand 

Watch and pray. 
When with peace and plenty blesrel 

Watch and pray,— 
In this life is toil unrest,— 
Each one can but do his best 

Watch aDd pray. 
In the home is God revealed 

Watch and pray, — 
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Wear the sandals, bear the shield 

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Columbiana^ Ohio. 



BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE 



W. P. BNGLER. 



The Special Bible Term at Bridgewater College 
has been well attended and good interest was man- 
ifested. The study of Old Testament history 
was much improved by an instructive lecture by 
Bro. J. Carson Miller, which was enjoyed by all, 
A sermon by Bro. J. W. Wayland on "Wom- 
an's Work in the Church," also received marked 
attention. Besides the above, interesting work was 
done in the following classes: Miracles of our Lord, 
Israelitish Monarchy under David and Solomon, 
Sunday school work. Studies from Paul's letters 
to Timothy, and special drills in Sunday school and 
church music. This school is in a prosperous con- 
dition under the careful management of Bro. W. 
B. Yount, with able assistants. 

Btidgewaicr % Va,Jcn si, 



WHERE ART THOU? 



This is a very old question, — perhaps the very 
oldest one of which wc have any record, and it is 
full of meaning. The place where we are means 
much to ourselves, and, at times, quite as much to 
others, as the place where we are found tells large- 
ly what we are. 

We were impressed with this truth in reading 
about a young man of Siam, who requested bap- 
tism. Ke had been known as a leader among the 
boys of his village, and that he should now ask 
for so strange a thing, to them, was a great surprise. 
He was asked a number of questions, and, among 
others, whether he had been at a Christian revival. 
His answer w^s: "No, but I saw a Christian." 
Just whtre he saw this Christian, or what he saw 
him do, we do not know, But where, and what do 



you think? This is what we want you to think 
about. The first thought that came to us about 
this Christian was: When did this young man see 
him? The next thought was, What was he doing? 
Some of you who will read these lines are pro- 
fessed Christians, and those that are not, should 
be. You have been born again, and have started 
in the new life. In making this change you have 
said that you have changed about and that you are 
different from what you were before you made the 
change. If you had been seen in the company of 
bad boys or girls, or at the dance, in the saloon, 
or places of this kind, you are seen there no more. 
Your new life has placed you in new relations and 
new places, because you have a new work to do, 
and different influences to exert. 

This young man was once where you were before 
your conversion. But one day he saw something 
that made a wonderful change in his mind. Where 
was this place? What was it he saw, and what was 
the person doing? He says it was a Christian 
that he saw, We do not know whether this Chris- 
tian was a boy or girl, but that does not matter. 
It was the Christian part or life that he saw. 
There was something in the life of this Christian 
that preached a great sermon to this young man. 
He was converted and wanted to be baptized, — not 
because he had been at a revival, or that he had 
been at a Bible reading, but he had seen a Chris- 
tian. 

Now, suppose this young man had seen you in- 
stead of seeing this Christian, what, do you think, 
would have happened? Are you so living and 
walking the life of Christ that those who see you 
would see in you what this young man saw, and 
become a convert to the same blessed life? Do 
you not hear the sweet voice of Jesus asking you, 
"Where art thou?" 

We were told, not long ago, of a young lady who 
is remaining away from the church because of what 
she sees in the life of several young ladies who are 
in the church. If this young man had seen these 
young ladies who are in the church and claim to 
to be Christians, do you think he would have been 
converted and asked to be baptized? 

Young sisters, whoever you be, what do you 
think about it? "Where art thou?" Are you 
not down among the trees, making yourselves gar- 

ents of leaves to cover your sinfulness? Are 
there not times when you are at places at which, 
you know, you ought not to be, and where you 
would not want your Christian friends to see you? 
And why this feeling? Because your conscience 
hurts you and tells you that you are not where a 
Christian should be. 

Remember, you must witness for something. 
Every time you are seen, no matter where that may 
be, you are witnessing for just what you are. So 
it is very important that you are always, and at all 
places, a fair witness for your true self. 

This is so because it would be underestimating 
your best self in witnessing for sir», representing 
yourself as a sinner, when it is not at all what you 
want to be. To be found where you ought not to 
be and doing the wrong thing, is to witness the 
very worst side of your life, the part that your own 
good judgment would most gladly hide. 

The mistake that many of our young pec pie 
make, and some that are church members, too, is 
that they get an idea that when they get away 
from the eyes of those who know them, their re- 
sponsibility for right-doing is very much less, and 
that they can indulge in things that they would 
not think of doing at home, or where known, with- 
out doing any very great wrong. This is one of 
the greatest mistakes,— indeed, if there could be 
indulgence anywhere, it had better be right at 
home, and where best known, because in such 
cases the harm resulting could be the more easily 
remedied, and comparatively it would be less dan- 
gerous, from the fact that your better life is known. 

It is when among those that you do not know, 
and that do not know you, — those who need the 
better life,— that you should be the most circum- 
spect and careful, It is before such, especially, 
that you should witness for Christ, 



Think for a moment what would have been the 
result, had this Christian, whom this young man 
saw, been found strutting along with a cigar in his 
mouth, his hat perched on one sitfe of his head, and 
engaged in foolish and light conversation! Do you 
think that he would have been converted and asked 
for baptism on seeing such a witness for Christ? 
And yet, every time you are seen, you are giving 
forth your testimony. You are either saying: "I 
am a child of God," or, " I am a worldling; I stand 
for sin and the devil." Where art thou? h b. b. 

WHY HE WAS HEALTHY AND HAPPY. 

We were on a recent occasion talking to a 
young man who is employed in a large linendrap- 
er's shop in London. Seeing that he was very 
healthy and cheerful-looking, we asked him what 
open-air recreation he indulged in, Did he ride a 
bicycle, row, or what did he do to make him look 
so strong and manly? "Ah," he said, " I have no 
time for any of those things, and, if I look happy, 
it is because I try to help others in my spare mo- 
ments. As a rule, I am at work ten or twelve 
hours in the shop, but on Saturday evenings and 
Sundays, and whenever I have an hour or two, I 

go down to , in the East End, and hunt up my 

drift children. We get them into a room and try 
to teach them something. When any one gives us 
money we have a tea for them. Then there is a 
Bible class and a glee class for young men. It is 
work like this that keeps me well. Give me the 
drift children and I am happy and healthy." We 
found that there were other young men in the same 
establishment, whose recreation after their long 
hours of work was of the same unselfish kind — The • 
Qtdvir. __^__ 

WHAT A BOY DID IN ONE YEAR. 

He begged the office of sexton in the little 
Western church, and earned 75 cents a week. He 
picked ico quarts of fruit for a neighbor, He 
bought and sold. 11 dozen chickens, and cleared S5 
on them. When he could get no other, work a 
neighbor's wood-pile was always ready at a dollar 
a cord for sawing and splitting. He earned S13.75 
his wood-pile. For doing chore?, cleaning 
yards, doing errands, etc., he received $\o. For 
Iking cows, taking care of horses, etc., for neigh- 
bors, S20, 

At the end of the year this fourteen-year-old boy 
had earned a little more than gioo, and never 
missed a day at school. It was a busy year, yet 
play hours were scattered all through; swimming, 
fishing, hunting, skating and coasting, each found 
ts place. The old adage proved true in this case, 
'Where there's a will there's a way." He never 
missed a job; when other boys were idle, he was 
busy, and the best of all that I can tell you about 
him is this: he was a "King's Son." If a boy can 
do this much, what ought we to expect of a young 
an or a young woman? 



CULTIVATING GOOD GRACES. 

What a different world this would be if only all 
of us would cultivate the grace of good nature! It 
is the best tonic for nervous disorders, the surest 
preservative of home happiness, and the most 
effective remedy for the divorce disease now un- 
happily prevalent. He who has learned how to 
take even the most disagreeable things and griev- 
ous disappointments good-naturedly, may never be 
a millionaire, but he will be what is much better, 
both happy and a source of happiness, and the at- 
mosphere he carries with him will be like a bit of 
sunshine in the Mammoth Cave. 



God will always take the best time to hand out 
mercies to his people; there is no mercy so ripe, so 
beautiful, as that which he gives in his own time. 
Though God delays thee, yet be silent, for there 
is no possibility of taking a mercy out of God's 
hand till the mercy be ripe for us and we be ripe 
for the mercy. — Thomas Brooks, 



Feb. 5, 18 



THE GOSFIGXj MESSEHSTGE^. 



General Missionary and Tract 
Department. 

COMMITTEE. 

Enoch Eby, • Kansas i L. \V. Teeter, ■ Indiana 

D. L. Miller, - -Illinois | S, R. Zug, - Pennsylvania 

S. F. Sang". " ■ Virginia. 

IS3DLA2 MEETINGS OF TUS CQHHITTEE: - The Monday 
before Standing Committee convenes at Annual Meet- 
ing; the second Monday ol October and of February. 



THE OOHHITTEE BECEIVE3 donations for the following 
funds: World-Wide, Asia Minor, India, Orphanage at 
Smyrna; Washington Meetinghouse; Suffered In 
India; Book and Tract Funds. 

SO HOT ADDBEE3 business or money intended for the 



i.-l Cm, 



Every pre.iclier ought to bavc 
Gish New Testament to carry 

It is self-pronouncing, has the r 
lowing the verse, and by this 
tiered very convenient. 



i copy of the 






s has well said that thi 

ss to have advanced thinkers just 

t does she commence dying. Let 

us have advanced thinkers, but let them think 

soberly as well as righteously. 



A sister who works in a factory sends g2.co 
to help support an India orphan, and intends 
to give lhat amount regularly unt'l the full 
amount is made up for the support of the or- 
phan. That is the kind of people that help to 
make this world better. 



'& A religious paper in the East has received 
an endowment of $50,000. Why not endow a 
paper as well as anything else that belongs to 
the Brotherhood? A ?5o.coo endowment would 
enable us to send the Messenger free to a 
host of p3or people, and at greatly reduced 
rates to hundreds of ministers. We already 
have a small endowment for that purpose, but 
there is room to make it a thousand times 
larger. ^ 

" One hears a great deal these days about 

the devotion of the race to money getting, and 
the indifference of men of wealth to the needs 
of their poorer -brethren, but statistics just 
compiled show that during last year more than 
thirteen million dollars was bequeathed to 
charitable, missionary, and educational insti- 
tutions in this country, to say nothing of the 
millions given to cbarity by generous persons 
whom death has spared to continue to do good 
to their fellowmen." 



MISSION WOAK. 

No. s- -Its Success Predicted In Three 
Missionary Psalms. — Psalm 67. 

Read the Psalm carefully. It opens out 
with a prayer for blessings, spiritual and tem- 
poral, directly upon the Jews, but tt soon en- 
larges to that conception of the great mission 
of the church under Christ, in which all the 
nations of the earth shall be temporally and 
spiritually blessed under the beneficent reign 
of the universal King. How peculiarly typical 
is this of the office of the church, — "cause his 
face to same upon us," that through us the 
way of the Lord may be " known upon earth " 
and "thy saving health (salvation) among all 

Christ said, " Ye are the light of the world," 
—light-bearers reflecting the Divine Light of 
the world's Redeemer! They are not confined 
to a restricted or small part of some state or 
country, but, in the plain language of David's 
prayer and our Lords declaration, TO THE 
WORLD. What can be plainer, or more em- 
phatic? 



Ho 



xplicitly is the Old Testament a school- 
master leading the world to Christ! There 
was the narrow-minded Jew who thought only 
of temporal prosperity and earthly dominion 
and supreme reign, of other nations not on an 
equality with his own but in full subjection to 
the hoped for great and powerful Jewish king- 
dom; and here God places into their song and 
prayer that they should be light-bearers and 
carry salvation to "all nations." Later the 
Lord himself came and said to his disciples, 
"Go and teach all nations." No greater the 
boundary of labor, no greater the task laid upon 
the church than did David pray for and desire 
that his nation would be instrumental in ac- 
complishing-, and as the Jews refused to re- 
ceive this larger li^ht and duty, and were re- 
jected of the God ol heaven, so surely will the 
church to-day be rejected if she does not open 
her heart to the reception of a world-wide sal- 
vation to all the nations of the earth. The 
lesson is a strong one of warning and let not 
those who read lay it aside carelessly, 

But where is success predicted in this 
Psalm? The desire to have His face shine 
upon the church, is closely followed by her 
usefulness in taking salvation to the earth, and 
in the last verse the Psalmist says that then 
"God shall bless us, and all the ends of the 
earth shall fear Him." Thus it is declared. 
This is the expected work of the church, and 
it is not too much for her to accomplish in the 
strength of the Lord, for if the one hundred 
and twenty, coming from the humbler walks 
of life, having little or no political influence or 
social standing, representing not the wealth 
but rather the poverty of their day, should set 
to work under the influence of the Spirit, a 
power which did in 300 years overthrow the 
Paganism of the Roman empire, and in later 
years subdue the heathen hoards of Northern 
Europe, is it unreasonable to say that the 
church to-day can subdue all the heathen na- 
tions of the earth, if she will shake off her 
indifference and listlessness, pray for a new 
out pouring of the Spirit and get a new supply 
of Divine Inspiration and light? Let the 
church of to-day pray mightily that His face 
shine upon us so that nations may through us 
learn to fear Him. o. D ft. 



MISSION RECEIPTS FOR DECEMBER, 
1897. - 



nonth's roport. 

"WORLD-WIDE 
[Money donated to this fund 



!,<i;k'i: 1 



rt li'il t;i.'ii 1 



?roneeded,-ondlt 
^signaled, will be n 



J; Peter's Cr;ek ch., K250; Boteioart el 

>alQYlIle,$5l.5r>; Mid He River ch., $10.75; Ci 
on oh. ,51 35; Minnie Click, Weyers Cave, 
enls; J. H. Stover, Weyers Cave, 50 cent 
It.Verno:i oil., $7 SI); E. D. Kind-g and wit 



1 31; 



, Dovesvlll 
i,$9.S0;i 



1 Sta- 



Kans.— Martha J. FIshburn, Overbrcok, 
$7;"Wianltaoa.,$2.50; M. E. Michael, Rullton, 
$125; Dorrancech., J0.33; Independence on,, 
$9.b0; Plearant View on., $»; Wade Branch 
ch , $0.10; Washington Creek ch., So; Newton 
ch . $1,£8; Maple Grove ch., $5; Salem ch , 



cl wife. 


Burr 


Oak, $6 


Ve 


ml lion ch 


■ si; 


0. A. Flshbu 


p, Ove 




It, $3; Ft. 








ott S. £ 


, $8 














•ents; Cher 




. fiai; 


P. R 




[6. Ida, 50 cents 




idersoii 


But 




$ 10; 


l.ydia Kin 


mel, 




SI; McPherao 




,$2.03; tola 








K'h.,f:i 


7 70 


Pleusant V 


alley 


. = U 50 


Whi 


laia- 




ingto 


n, $1,07 








Eljy, \\ 




d,.>.'S'J 




1 Mishler's 






prinp 




















1, *2; 










er,"WeatfleId,$2; 










rrie Myors 


La- 


11 - 5; ' 


W 


\ Fe cb 


. $« 


yj; Missiasi 


ieW . fl 01 


OWA.- 


Ivest 


or ch., 


■■:;..-,! 


English 


liver 



0U.,SMG; Inter..!, D. Puterbaugh, Mt. 
rls, 181.80; a broiber, Cerrogordo, (5; 
Hunsaker, Wetang,$l,iu; Pleaiaut HII 
J5 65; Adam Wlngert, Lanark, GO cen 



cents; Bonj. 
tojer, Baden! 



$0; Purchase Lliu- ch , $2,110; F. F. Hnluopple, 
Parkeraford, 16 cents; Mr*. Nancy l>. Miller, 
Woodbury. $1; a friend, Middle Spring, to 



Elizabeth Moomaw, Rogersvillu, $t; a slater, 
$2; An 111 Wolf, Cardlngton, 50 cents; LI//.I0 

Truckler, HcOomb, 60 cunts; sugar Ridge 
ch., $700; David Full/. Rtixhvlll.\ f!i 50; Mar- 
garet Miller, Homorvillo, 5) cents; total, 1 

Mn.— Peach Blossom ch.. SO 71); Bear Crock 
ch.,$123l; Jaeol) I'ysell, McHeury, (1; lieid 

Mo.-Centervlew ch , $1.(0; Pralilo View 
ub., $.'.60; Prairie View B. B, $1.45; Rooklng- 
haracb. $12 53; Pleasant View oh., $2; Miner- 
al Creek eh.. $■»?»; Nevada ch., SO 50; Nevada 

Royer, Hollldny, $1,25; D. C. llardiuan, Cald- 
well, Jl; Bethel cb ,$5.25; total 

tlementch ,?12 111; Chestnut drove ch., ?!:'; 
John W. Fuller, Banker Hill, $2; Mn-y M. 
Williams, Frnukford, 11,20; F. O, Cunning- 

ham, Hunker Hill, $2.60; total, 

Wash -Dayton ch., $1)0; A. N, Huffman, 



UlOClt, MinoriGii. :.'; Joun u:ul ..Ihi in i-,viin«, 
Roseland, $15; T. K. Evans, Koselaud, $8; 



;b; Paradise Prairie cb., $20; 



■ $1; 



IdyCn 



■enls; Kfiikn ch., :-5 10; total, 

Mijh.— Woodland eh ,$12 35; Jones, si; 

3anl?lShellne, Volinla, Si; total, 

Dtau.- G. V. Goshorn, Whlterooks, . . . . 

Cai-.— Covins and Glendora churches, . . 

N. Dak.- Red River ch., S7.50; Lake View 
i. S , $2.03; total 

Ark — W. W, Reynold?, Rogers, $1; Knox- 






18; J. B. Ltli 



Wis.- Chippewa Valley eh 

La.— Lewis Miller artl wife, Grayeon, 50 
cents; Jos. RogUlls, GrayEoa, 25 cents; Isaac 
P. Winner, Grayeon, 25 cents; Abel M, Wln- 

Mins.— Lucy E. Louienslager, New Ulra, 

Colo.— Reglna Click, Roatmont, . 



Rachel 
Pa., 00 i 



lByerly, Lluia.C 



nnan, Highland, 
Jarrollton, $1.20; I 



: Bill 



Warner, Center, $1.80; B, F Sn»der, Belle- 
font&lae,fi.20;O: D. Bmltli, North Hampton, 

Jesse K, Brumbaugh, Union, S1.20; Jas. Kay* 



lor, Bellefonta 



;«, II. 10; Jos. Fits 

i,$8;8amui i Brush 
Buck, Now Enterprlte, 

r, New Kntorprlse, ! 

rsdalo. $rl; h trail M 
$1.20; Spring Greek Ob . IB 



U. -i: V.V. RoltS, 1 



OhIIIh, Mat River, sl.r.i': 1». It. Eby, Lotio, 

$1.20; total 00 15 

MD.-John E. liiingi-y, iooldent, $16; Blle- 
abelb Roop Union Bridge, $15; Annlo It, 
8ton>-r, Onion Bridge. j&: W.O. McKlnstry, 
Uiilon Bridge, $12; J. B. 1 leiblibergur and 



' -. 



:hili.$l.00; Andrtw Foutz, Denver, $0; Sarja'l 
> and Lena Stoner, Ladoga, $28; J, I. Mia- 
lek, Baton, $3; Sue B. Murray, $1.20; 8. N. 
L>plo<le, Hagerstowa, $i; IlirbaraCllngon- 
oel. Flora, $120; J, L. I'uterlxiugh, Elkhart, 

KASH.-Nowton ch , K> cents; W. D. Tl;- 
ale, Ft, Pcott. $8; Julio A. Proine, Ottawa. 
120; (J. E. Arnold, Mcl'borson, $1.60; I, H. 
frlit. Gardner, |3.E0; Ida M. PMoe, Nlcker- 

Nkuk.-E.B. Rothrrck, Carlisle, tl.!0j Joe, 
..Miller, Carleton.so; U. B. Henry, Bblck* 
•y. $120; Levi HoiTort. Carleton, '1.20; Jona- 
ban Kelao, Cnrleton, «:i; total, 12 00 

Uo.— H,. A. Orr, Torney,$1.20;S. E. iioguo, 

W. Va -Hnllle K.McLbIo, Oak Hill l :» 

N. Dak -J. A. Weaver, Bow Bells 1 »0 

Total $«0 00 

ASIA MINOR MISSION. 
fTo be used In the mission In Asia Minor.] 

Stump ami wi'e. Nevndn, $10; total, .... $10 tW 
Ind -David (itiii ami wife, W»lkoiton, $1; 

Spring Creek oh., fl.BOj Yellow River ch., $3; 

orth Liberty rb.,*l; total, 50 

IA.-Eoglish River cb., $1; Klngsloy ch., 

$8.81; total . . 081 

Pa— Diamond vllle ch., -l.il 7 >: Big Bwatara 

h.,$l; total 5 1" 

CoLO,-Geo. Reniier, Palisade, 6(0 

Md-M C. McKlnstry, Union Bridge. ... 5 CO 
Seiik.-A, Zook, Verdon, $1; a brother and 



Iersvllle,$l; total 

i.— Coyuille Valley c 
.-Belle Wbl' more. 



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Mount Morris, III., Feb. 5, 



The General Mission Board meets here Feb. 14. 
Considerable business will likely come before the 
Board. 

The Brethren held a delightful meeting in the 
Pleasant Hill house, York County, Pa., which closed 
with thirteen conversions. 



All of our missionaries have now reached Bul- 
sar, India, and when last heard from, were in rea- 
sonable health and full of joy. 



The work at Cedar Ripids, Iowa, has been en- 
trusted to Bro. Michael Ernmert. He will soon en- 
ter upon his labors in the city. 

The series of meetings held at Sharpsburg, Md„ 
by Bro. D. F. Stouffer, closed with sixteen acces- 
sions by confession and baptism. 

During Bro Filbrun's meetings at the Oakland 
churchhouse, Ohio, eight were received into the 
church by confession and baptism. 

Bro Chss M. Yearout is arranging to close his 
work in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about the first of 
March. He goes to Warrensburg, Mo. 

The Brethren have opened up a new field in 
Zanesville, Ohio. Bro. Ouincy Leckrone recently 
held a series of meetings there and baptized sev 



We have a new lot of Certificates of Member- 
ship, filty bound in one book, with stub for refer- 
erence. The price is now reduced to 25 cents per 
book, sent by mail post-paid. 



Bro P. R Keltner engaged in a very promis- 
ing series of meetings in Mount Carroll, this State, 
last week, but had to close just when the meetings 
should have been continued. 



The Los Angeles (Cal.) Daily Times, of recent 
date, has a good word for the Brethren in that city. 
It speaks very favorably of their services in the 
church on South Hancock Street. 



We learn with regret, that Bro. J. C. Seibert, of 
Camb, N Dak , is lying very sick at the home of 
Bro. H. R. Taylor, 1636 East Grand Ave , Des 
Moines, Iowa. He is suffering with lung trouble. 
He came to the city on business and took sick. 

Bro. D. L. Miller, though improving, is not yet 
well enough to do any preaching. Our series of 
meetings, which closed last Sunday evening, were 
continued without the assistance from him we had 
expected, Bro. J. G. Royer doing the preaching. 

Last week we meant to say that Bro. Woi. M. 
Howe is engaged in a series of meetings at German- 
town, Pa,, but the types made us say, " Wm. M. 
Hoover," and about ten thousand papers were run 
off before the mistake was noticed and corrected. 



Some of our correspondents weave death notices 
in with the church news they send for publication. 
In carh instance they will find the death notices 
omitted from the news. Matters of this kind 
should not be mixed. Let each be written sepa- 
rately. 

We are now at work on our Sunday school Q"ar- 
ttrli-s for April, May and June. In these Quarttt- 
li's we shall introduce the finest system of refer- 
ences to be found in any Sunday school literature 
in this country. Our purpose is to make our Sun- 
day school helps the very best. 

Under date of Jan. 21 Gen Lee writes from Ha- 
vanna, Cuba, telling Bro. W. R. Miller, of Chicago, 
that all supplies sent for the Cuban sufferers will 
duly reach those for whom they are intended, and 
no one else. The supplies find their way to the 
sufferers soon after they are received. 

So far we have received at this office, and for- 
warded, nearly S3C0 for the Cuban Sufferers. In- 
side of a few days it will reach its destination and 
prove helpful in feeding and clothing the hungry 
and naked. In due time we shall acknowledge 
through the Messenger the receipt of all the mon- 
ey sent us for this purpose. 

When Bro. Ernmert Rowland was writing the 
biographical sketch of Bro. David Long that ap- 
peared in last issue, it, of couse, never occurred to 
him that the very next paper would contain a notice 
of his own departure. He died last week, lacking 
only a few months of being twenty years old. In 
view of this fact his communication will probably 
be reread with additional interest. 



Eii.ht confessed Christ and were added to the 
church by baptism at Markleysburg, Pa„ week be- 
fore last. One was also restored to fellowship, and 
another is to be added to the fold in like manner. 



At the present time there are sixteen members 
located at Woodley, Fla., on the eastern bank of 
the Indian River, about one hundred and fifty miles 
south of Jacksonville. They hope to effect an or- 
ganization be-fore the close of the season. 

The disagreeable weather, of late, has interfered 
a good deal with a number of series of meetings 
that were in progress. While our correspondents 
cannot report as many conversions as there would 
have been, had the weather continued favorable 
yet the services have not been without their good 
results. The seed sown may yet produce a bounti- 
ful harvest. 



We are in receipt of a copy of the Chronicle, con- 
taining a fine bird's-eye view of Colton, Cal,, and 
some of the surrounding country. If the regions 
round about look as fine as the picture, it must be 
a charming locality. It is here that the Brethren 
are conducting a mission, and bringing together a 
little band of workers which we trust will yet de- 
velop into a church of great strength and much ac- 
tivity. 

We are raising up a band of missionary workers 
that will some day make the weight of their influ- 
ence felt around the globe. In a communication 
to this office, Bro. L. A. Bookwalter, of Trotwood, 
Ohio, mentions some of these coming workers, 
He says that last spring a kind hearted person 
gave ten cents each to a number of children in a 
primary class, to invest and use for the Lord. 
Some invested their money in one way, and some in 
another, witli the result that S31.00 was raised for 
the Lord's cause. By thus training all of our chil- 
dren to give liberally, there will be no lack of mon- 
ey by and by, to carry on the Lord'9 work. This is 
a hopeful outlook for the future of the church. 



An explorer thinks that he has found, in Africa, 
the original site of the Garden of Eden. We pre- 
sume people have been hunting for that garden ev- 
er since the destruction of the tower of Babel, and 
they will likely keep up the search until the 
Millennium, and then not find it. We suggest 
that the better way is to love God and keep his 
commandments, and thus be prepared to enter the 
better Eden in the Paradise of God. 

Not long since we stated in these columns: "Of 
some ministers it is said that they do not shun to 
preach the whole Truth. We sometimes wonder 
if they preach the 'go ye' part of the Gospel," 
Now a correspondent suggests that there may be 
those who preach the "go ye" part of the Gospel, 
but they do not practice it. There may be some- 
thing in this. Do those who preach most about 
missions practice what they